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Dodos are wired for sound with new rock album and tour.

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden  outfit The Dodos unveil new album Time To Die on Monday before launching a short UK tour at Birmingham's Glee Club on Tuesday.

Time To Die is produced by Phil Ek, a man who has also helped Fleet Foxes and The Shins develop their distinctive sound, with new recruit Keaton Snyder joining original duo Meric Long (guitar) and Logan Kroeber (percussion).

Snyder specialises in the vibraphone vibraphone
 or vibraharp

Percussion instrument with tuned metal bars, arranged keyboard-style like the xylophone. Felt or wool beaters are used to strike the bars, giving a soft, mellow tone quality.
, Long explaining: "It's pretty crazy and loud and if you put it through some effects, you can make it sound like a guitar or synthesizer synthesizer

Machine that electronically generates and modifies sounds, frequently with the use of a digital computer, for use in the composition of electronic music and in live performance.
. It still has that element of something you're hitting, though, which is central to how Logan and I play our instruments."

As to the album Long says: "I knew we wanted to make a rock record. Being an acoustic band - primarily at least - sort of works against the idea but Phil's production showcased that side of the band."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 28, 2009
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