This is a cut above your average US alt.art-rock, which sounds like The Strokes doing The Shins
Maybe it’s a little bit too simplistic to look to the death of touring Dodos guitarist Christopher Reimer in 2012 to explain the air of moroseness that permeates ‘Carrier’, the San Francisco band’s fifth album. It seems like an especially trite assumption when songs like ‘Substance’ and ‘Relief’ are infused as much with ambience as they are with the subtly mournful vocals of singer/guitarist Meric Long, who helms the band with drummer Logan Kroeber. But wherever they’re sourcing their inspiration from, it’s working. This is a cut above your average US alt.art-rock, most notably on ‘Stranger’, which sounds like The Strokes doing The Shins.