Dosh CD Release (Cubed)

The creative electro composer and Andrew Bird pal has not one but three release shows this weekend.

Chances are you’ll stumble on at least one of Doshs three CD-release parties.

Chances are you’ll stumble on at least one of Dosh’s three CD-release parties. PHOTO COURTESY CAMERON WITTIG

by Mark Brenden

WHO: Dosh WHAT: CD-release Shows WHEN/WHERE: April 9, 9 p.m., Seventh St. Entry 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. April 10, 7:30 p.m, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St. S., Mpls. April 11, 8 p.m., Bedlam Theatre 1501 6th St. S.E., Mpls. Minneapolis ambience mainstay Dosh has a new record on the way, boldly titled “Tommy.” No, it is not a remake of The Who’s rock opera opus, but, named after recently deceased friend, it may rival its emotion. This is the seventh release from Dosh, full name Martin Dosh , known for instrumental melodies that toe the line between electronica and indie rock. His long-time association and collaboration with whistle-happy songwriter Andrew Bird didnâÄôt hurt his popularity either. The 37-year-old musical mad scientist told A&E that the sound on the new record shouldn’t be a surprise, but it should be a marker of his musical evolution. “It definitely sounds like a Dosh record,” he said. “It’s thicker sounding, there’s more low-end stuff. I haven’t had a lot of bass on most of my records.” One thing that we can expect is the music to take precedence over the words. Dosh holds the notion that, despite the way lyrics can connect people to a song, they can get in the way of the music. “The idea is to get across what I’m feeling without having to use words,” he said. “I just try to translate my emotions through music, then hopefully people can pick up on that even though they haven’t shared my same experiences. There’s something that rings true universally, I hope.” This LP also furthers DoshâÄôs status as a collaborative figure in the music scene. In addition to Andrew Bird, heâÄôs also worked with Atmosphere, and now heâÄôs pulled multi-instrumentalist Mike Lewis on board. Yes, this makes Dosh technically a twosome. Martin Dosh is still the guy who makes the final call in production, but Lewis has contributed to every Dosh record since 2006, so the merger just seemed like a logical promotion for a good teammate. âÄúOn each record, he does a little more, to the point where [on âÄúTommyâÄù] heâÄôs playing on almost every song and he actually wrote one of the songs. HeâÄôs also an integral part of the live show,âÄù Dosh said. âÄúMike is probably the most talented musician IâÄôve worked with in any capacity. His ears are so good,âÄù he added. Also lending a hand to the new release is Andrew Bird, who has played violin on Dosh’s last two records. On âÄúTommy,âÄù he contributes vocals and lyrics for two songs, both of which are the albumâÄôs only non-instrumental tracks. “He’s inspiring to work with because, despite the level of success he’s attained, he still takes a lot of risks on stage,” Dosh said of Bird. “He always throws you a curveball just when you think you’re settling into something. That makes music a lot more fun, when there is an element of danger to it âÄî a possible train wreck at any moment.” In addition to their three-CD release shows, the duo is planning a month-long U.S. tour and a stint in Japan to promote their album. For those who canâÄôt wait to hear “Tommy” and donâÄôt want to turn to illegal sources to do so, the tracks are now available for listen on the jukebox at the Triple Rock . Fans, thereâÄôs your cue: Save up those quarters.