Artist:The Dodos Release: Time to Die Out: 31st August Buy: Rough Trade There's something slightly unsettling about a band naming themselves after an extinct species and then going on to call one of their releases 'Time To Die'. For some reason it sits a little uncomfortably with me (not sure why, it just does) but that's exactly what San Francisco outfit The Dodos have gone and done. In what is their third full length release, 'Time to Die' features something new for the band, an electric vibraphone and accompanying electric vibraphonist Keaton Snyder - how good a job title is that? In addition to the third band member, 'Time to Die' features the silky smooth production sprinkled over their sound by Phil Ek. You probably know the name - he's the guy who helps gives the trademark shimmering sound to bands like The Shins, Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses. When I think of these bands I think of a certain sound. It's one that I can't quite put my finger on. It's melodic, it's soulful, it's polished and it's infectious. This sound is also stamped all over 'Time to Die', perhaps none more so than on lead track from the record 'Fables' which is a bit of a belter. Have a listen to it here and you'll hopefully get what I mean...

Whilst the change in direction (it's pretty much a hard turn away from the edgier, rawer, more experimental sounds of their previous records 'Beware of The Maniacs' and 'Visiter') may leave some long-time fans at a bit of a loss and longing for some off kilter percussion and pedal tinkering. 'Time to Die' really struck a chord with me. Tracks such as 'Troll Nacht', 'This is a Business' and 'Longform' could all have come straight from The Shins' back catalogue (not really a bad thing as far as I'm concerned). The Dodos' latest album is not exactly bringing anything life changing-ly new to the table (as Natalie Portman told us in the movie Garden State, The Shins have already changed our lives in this way), but what it does serve up is about half an hour or so of really polished, really rather enjoyable psychedelic indie pop goodness for your enjoyment. 7.5/10 Track to download: 'Fables' Track to skip: 'Acorn Factory' Pigeonhole with: Shins, Band of Horses, Telekinesis Twitter Review: Time to Die is a new sound for The Dodos. Their shiny indie pop direction features a super producer, new Dodo and an electric-vibraphone!