Song of the Day 7/24/09: The Dodos - Fables
“Fables” by The Dodos picks up right where the duo left off on Visiter. Meric Long’s warm and crisp acoustic guitar kicks off the song alone, but it’s really all you need to start fleshing out a skeleton of what the rest of “Fables” will be like in your head. Driving, syncopated percussion provided by Logan Kroeber? Check. A catchy and lilting melody? Check. Inventive instrumentation and backup vocals? Check. Rapid shift sometime during the last third? Check. It’s familiar and welcoming, like coming home after being away for a while. But despite how it reads on paper, “Fables” doesn’t sound like The Dodos are treading water. It’s a credit to them that even though the song’s trajectory can be easily mapped, it still sounds like a blast of fresh air. The push and pull between Long and Kroebler provides a sense of joyous purpose and direction that keeps the music from becoming worn. But just in case you catch yourself muttering “same old, same old,” a spiky guitar riff that sounds like it could have been written by Jonny Greenwood or Nick Zinner comes out of nowhere at the end of the song, hinting at something new.
- Kevin Na
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