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Friday Music Roundup – The Dodos, Tokyo Police Club and Bodies of Water

It’s been a while since a Friday Roundup, so why not?

The Dodos – Ashley

The Dodos - Fools
The Dodos have just released new track, “Ashley”

Aah, The Dodos. They look set to become a feature in the Friday Round-up, after appearing in our last round-up here. Yesterday, The Dodos released their new single from the – quite frankly, brilliant Visiter album. A slow burner of a song, “Ashley” is less manic than their last track featured here, “Fools”, and instead is a wistful song with Nico-like hints here and there. Definitely well-worth a listen.

Listen: The Dodos – Ashley

Tokyo Police Club – In A Cave

Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club

Whoops. My bad. I meant to post this track from Tokyo Police Club a while ago, but you know how things go… anyway, better late than never. Tokyo Police Club have been making big waves in the indie-rock world, and for good reason; singer Dave Monk has that kind of desperate, pleading voice that resonates these days, and with bright, clipped drumming, smooth synthesizers and hook-laden guitars, they have everything they need to make it big. This song, “In A Cave” (from their forthcoming release, “Elephant Shell”, due out April 22), is under 3 minutes long, but – as with most of their tunes – gets their point across pretty quickly.They’ve pretty much mastered the 2 minute pop-synth tune…

Listen: Tokyo Police Club – In A Cave

Bodies of Water – I Guess We’ll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess

Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water (image credit: Laura Heffington)

I have no doubt that this track will polarise readers. You’ll either love it or hate, without exception. But the one thing it’s sure to do is intrigue you. I have to be honest, I can’t really stand much of Bodies of Water‘s other stuff. But something about this track, “I Guess We’ll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess“, stands out to me… that swelling, Arcade Fire-like chorus, the unsettling aura about the song, and that moment of release around the 3:10min mark? Man… while it may not be your bag, I really suggest you give it a few spins… it’s a powerful tune.

It almost makes me forget that Bodies of Water once said this. Almost. But if you mess with Wilco, Jeff Buckley and Elvis Costello all in the first breath, you’re on extremely thin ice with me.

Still… it’s a cracking tune.

Listen: Bodies of Water – I Guess We’ll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess