Bands to Listen to: The Dodos, Beirut, Bombay Bicycle Club
The bands featured this week are all indie rock bands that each exhibit a unique and creative sound. From antique and old-timey to electronic and progressive, each band models a particular sound. These bands would mesh nicely on a playlist and are perfect for any setting.
1. The Dodos
The Dodos are an indie rock duo from San Francisco with members Meric Long and Logan Kroeber. Formed in 2006, the band has released a total of five albums. The band is known for their experimental drumming and passionate, creative guitar rifts and strumming. Their song, “Fools,” is a perfect example of The Dodos’ unique acoustic guitar and drum sounds. The song begins with an urgent drum beat that continues throughout the song, combined with lyrics like “we’re just a-wandering like fools,” creates a feel that is both demanding and contemplative. Their latest album, titled “Carrier,” was released in 2013 and was strongly influenced by the death of one of their band members, Christopher Reimer. The album is much more subdued than their earlier ones, but still captures the creativity and uniqueness that The Dodos are known for. Check them out on iTunes and Spotify.
Beirut is an American indie band that has a vintage, European sound. The antique sound comes from their use of violins and trumpets, lead singer Zach Condon’s resounding voice, and the fact that their songs sound like they are coming from a record player phonograph. In the song “Nantes,” Condon’s voice glides over an accordion that is reminiscent of an old time European gypsy sound. Beirut’s latest album, “The Rip Tide,” was released in 2011. Catch Beirut on tour this summer. Beirut is an emotionally theatrical band that is “Wonderfully stuck in the past.” Be sure to listen to Beirut on iTunes and Spotify.
3. Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club is an indie rock band from London consisting of four members. The band’s sound can be described as a synthesis of rock, psychedelic, and electronic exploration. Their song “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” is a slow, melodic build up, to a burst of colorful sound that hovers and glides with an airy, electronic assonance. Their new album, “So Long, See You Tomorrow,” has more of an electronically produced distinction to it than their earlier albums. Bombay Bicycle Club is currently touring. Check them out on iTunes and Spotify.
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