Boomkat Product Review:
After spending a year on the road as part of Andrew Bird's band, Martin Dosh returns to Anticon for a more collaboratively themed album. In addition to the aforementioned Bird, Fog's Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson contribute, as does a certain Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, who lends his voice to the dark, cinematic 'Bury The Ghost', which before settling into a droning illbient piece introduces itself with a fiery outburst of drumming and Oldham's wordless, disembodied howl. This peculiar piece of minimalism aside, Dosh's music has certainly got more layered and sophisticated as the years have gone on, with tracks like 'Kit And Pearle', 'Capture The Flag' and 'If You Want To, You Have To' maintaining a key role for Dosh's signature drumming assaults while layering together additional instruments (both live and sampled, by the sounds of things) until there's just no more room left. Another recurring Dosh motif is a rapid-fire, stammering approach to rhythm, lending 'Wolves' a bit of a prog feel, whilst 'The Magic Stick' isn't too far away from the mathsy jazz-rock elaboration of Tortoise. All these elements accumulate to produce the most consistent, fully formed record in Dosh's career so far.