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Visiter by San Francisco band The Dodos is their second full length and first for Frenchkiss. Originally formed in 2006 under the moniker Dodobird as a one man acoustic act, Meric Long would gig around SF playing folky guitar w/ a combination of loops and ambient keyboards. Having already studied West African Ewe drumming, Meric got turned onto country blues fingerpicking and sought to create ... Read more in Amazon's The Dodos Store

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  • Vinyl (April 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B0014DCTGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walking
2. Red and Purple
3. Eyelids
4. Fools
5. Joe's Waltz
6. Winter
7. It's That Time Again
8. Paint the Rust
9. Park Song
10. Jodi
11. Ashley
12. The Season
13. Undeclared
14. God?

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Even though it's virtually all acoustic guitar, vocals, and drums, it is very melodic and rocks quite hard.
J. Mitchell
From start to finish pretty much every song is amazing and the drummer especially is a great beat keeper and very very creative.
Andy Holden
I listen to a lot of music and typically will listen to an album from start to finish and then swap it out for something else.
Sean T. Murphy

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Demian Raven on June 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was unaware of this band prior to buying their album - I had happened upon the page by some odd circumstance and saw the glowing, albeit small number, of reviews. I listened to the clips and thought it sounded interesting enough to take a chance on. I had the sense that even if the seven prior reviews were submitted by friends of the band that the little I had heard was enough of a guarantee that I would not be disappointed.

Do not be deceived by the cover of the album. Some covers oversell the music; this one is very humble. A first listen to this album is much like receiving a gift wrapped in brown paper from a distant but dear friend - It is a wonderful surprise from a source both familiar and enriched by new experiences. I played this album while on my way to work and was so captivated by it that I remained outside, sitting under the blue sky and growing trees, until the last song had played out.

Every song on Visiter is a wonderful piece of craft but it is even better taken as a complete experience. I have many albums of which I have only a few songs that I listen to: Visiter is a exciting ride from start to finish. The band should be quite proud of this evocation.

The music is full of driving rhythms punctuated by bright, crisp off-beat percussion, surrounded by moments of guitar (sometimes clear and upbeat, sometimes roughly acoustic, sometimes distorted), banjo, and (I believe) I heard an uke as well. It swells, flows, recedes and then hits you where you can feel it. Every sound in this album feels well-intended and vital, adding a variety of twists of melody, tone, and tempo that make this one of the most exciting albums I have heard in this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Murphy on July 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Just when you thought nothing is music could surprise you anymore, here come the Dodos and their fabulous album "Visiter". The instrumentation for the most part seems pretty straightforward, vocals, drums, guitar but as you get into the album, you'll be amazed at what they're able to accomplish. This album is definitely a grower, as you will probably enjoy the album as a whole on first listen, but on repeated listens the album really opens up and reveals its many charms. Among the 14 tracks there are several standouts including Red and Purple, God?, Paint the Rust, Fools, Jody, and Winter. If you enjoy male harmonies with interesting arrangements and foot tapping rhythms, there is plenty for you to get into here.

I listen to a lot of music and typically will listen to an album from start to finish and then swap it out for something else. Well, I've been having trouble with this practice recently as I simply can not stop listening to this album. For a straight week I don't think I took it out of my car's cd player. Really, anyone that typically enjoys interesting and moving indie music should jump on board. I'm not saying that the Dodos sound like these artists, but I think if you've enjoyed the latest albums by Sufjan Stevens, Destroyer, Grizzly Bear, Deer Tick, Plants and Animals or Andrew Bird that this cd would certainly fit in nicely with that collection.

Check this album out, and I hope you'll fall in love with it as much as I have.

Happy Listening!
Sean Murphy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By j-rog on October 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Nothing feels better then playing a new album and being instantly gratified by what comes out of the speakers; especially when the listener has not a clue about what he is going to hear.

This was my experience with Visiter. The opening tract, Walking, starts off innocently enough, with a melodic picking progression, but the second I heard that raw open pluck five seconds into the track I was hooked...and even more-so when the banjo came in. The album moves onto a great second track, Red and Purple and everything seems to build nicely off itself.

my only gripe is that by about the 8th track I no longer want to listen to the album. It suffers slightly from repetitiveness - all forgivable though. it is a great album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Stephen Hunziker on July 22, 2008
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One of the best albums of the first half of 2008. The Dodos make a surprising amount of noise with their stripped down acoustic -guitars-and-drums setup, in a way that recalls Animal Collective, but with fewer electronics and more attention to melody. "Red and Purple" packs a buzz of activity into its four minutes, with frequent rhythmic change-ups, while "Joe's Waltz," "The Season" and "God?" morph from stage to stage, cranking up the tension throughout. Just don't call it a folk album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Pappas on April 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
For only two people, the Dodos are incredibly creative and never out of fresh ideas. Each song has a great melody thant you will easily find yourself singing along to. Their drums are probably the most creative I've ever heard and I think about them everytime I get behind a drumset. The song transitions are great and they have a good combo of both long and short songs. If there's anyway they can top this album, they will go far.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By King Neptune on November 21, 2008
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In a time when many in the music business are jaded and faded, this group will grab your attention in a big way. "Visiter" is absolutely one of the best albums (yeah, I'm an old dude) I have ever listened to.

The music has a gentle groove that is almost ethereal. It invites you in and then gets your slippers and pipe for you while you kick back in reverie. Totally entrancing.

I have not heard drums used so effectively ever before.
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