Dosh drops a new record

Alexander Brodsky

Few have the kind of musical resume as local journeyman Dosh. His bands and collaborations have stretched across all kinds of music — post-rock with Lateduster, good old fashion rock n’ roll with The Cloak Ox and a smattering of instrumental hip-hop and jazzy electronica with his solo career. His newest album “Milk Money” comes in the midst of a national tour with indie-rap group Why? and Midwestern supergroup Volcano Choir.


The record’s sound doesn’t stray too far from past efforts like 2008’s “Wolves and Wishes.” There are plenty of funky drum loops and loose, organic sampling. What sets “Milk Money” apart, however, is a newfound emphasis on keyboards and synths. Bleeps and bloops feature heavily throughout the album.


The opening track “We Are the Worst” immediately declares the record’s affinity for electronics with an intro featuring a chopped up sample of Bjork vocals. Through the heavy synthesizer, the track gradually gives way to the more organic sound of Dosh’s previous work. A Rhodes piano  carries the song with big, whirling chords. String samples gently fade in and out, complimenting the jittery vocals.


Each song uses electronics to different ends. The swirling synths of “20 Year” would sound at home on a Baths or Four Tet record. “Legos (for Terry)”, the 25 minute closing track, creates a pleasant ambient wall of sound with droning chords and high pitched keyboards that zip in and out.


Listen to the album over at PopMatters