While flirting with a radio career on a truly remarkable Sydney indie station FBi Radio, “Fools” by The Dodos from their 2008 record “Visiter” seemed to be a part of every graveyard shift I pulled. It was the perfect song to play at 5am: uplifting harmonies and constant beating of snare rim stopped me from falling head-first onto a panel full of knobs and faders.
It was a joyful time in my life: fumbling words and playing great music to an small audience (largely comprised of friends in other time zones who’d send me excited Facebook messages after every shout out). This was my time to be the John Peel of Sydney late-night radio.
And as these things tend to go for me, time rolled on and I found full-time work and other distractions stole away my time and attention. And so goes the story of my short love affair with The Dodos.
It’s been over three years since The Dodos released “Visiter” - almost the same amount of time since I was last on-air - and now with their new album “No Color”, the love is back.
After listening to the album’s first track “Black Night” (above), it’s not hard to hear why I’m feeling nostalgic. Ah, the soothing sounds of those same joyous vocals and driving snare. WHAT A FEELING.