BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
What’s in a name? In the case of the Dodos, it can be misleading. In fact, there’s nothing the least bit goofy about the sound they’ve sired, one that demands attention to the intricate set-ups that have clearly become a hallmark of their approach. Indeed, Individ reveals a progressive band in the making, a group that’s clearly not beholding to the need for accessible offerings or any semblance of an instant embrace.
Quite the opposite, in fact; this is mostly a somewhat challenging set of songs, hardly the kind of effort a yo-yo or a dodo might be known for. Sounding more than a bit edgy and jittery throughout, Individ challenges its listeners to discover the elusive melodies that reside below the surface, even though the clattering arrangements and oddly oblique atmospherics might prove to be a distraction. Still, if those elements can be overlooked, several songs might actually entice, “Bubble” and “Darkness” being among them. As the album title implies, it boasts a singular style indeed.
DOWNLOAD: “Bubble,” “Darkness”