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DODSON AND FOGG

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Presumably named for the two crown attorneys in Charles Dickens Pickwick Papers, DODSON AND FOGG is actually the project of CHRIS WADE, an English writer and illustrator cum singer/songwriter/guitarist born in Leeds, May 1985. He surrounds himself with folk and prog aristocracy including Celia Humphris (TREES), Judy Dyble (FAIRPORT CONVENTION) and Nik Turner (HAWKWIND) to produce the self titled debut album released in late 2012. It has been loosely described as channeling every laid back British folk troubadour from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Somehow the result is fresh if decidedly retro, with the occasional searing guitar by WADE himself contrasting with his hypnotic melodies and vocal harmonies. This is an act worth discovering and following.

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Dodson and Fogg
2012
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Derring Do
2013
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Sounds of Day and Night
2013
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The Call
2013
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After the Fall
2014
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In A Strange Slumber
2014

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 Derring Do by DODSON AND FOGG album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Dodson and Fogg Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars From the lineup to the overall style, very little has changed from the DODSON and FOGG debut released only a year or so before. CHRIS WADE has been busy with various projects including a follow up album already released and a book about BLACK SABBATH. Rest assured this remains musically closer to NICK DRAKE and FOREST crossed with LINDISFARNE and acoustic PINK FLOYD than heavy metal, even if some passages are edgier.

While Wade's lyrics are still whimsically reflective, his tempos tend to be overly downshifted, which can feel a tad oppressive over the course of the disk. "Flying High", "The Leaves they Fall", and "Time" all eschew vibrancy in energy and melody, which reminds us their style has been plied over and over, and better, before. In contrast, "Why Not Take Your Time" lays the atmosphere on thick, emerges from its funk in spite of itself, and is a superb closer. "Too Bright" is vivacious acoustic blues, "Dreams of You and Me" floats above harpsichord like keys and flutes to deliver one of the more purely prog moments, and "Like it was Yesterday" merges spooky vocals with spirited guitars and synths. "Everyone Knows" is a more driving piece with fascinating contrasts which also includes a superb searing lead guitar solo.

"Derring Do" is a second good, but not great, album in as many tries by DODSON and FOGG. I continue to hope for more but will also not pass up any opportunities to appreciate what they have to offer.

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 Dodson and Fogg by DODSON AND FOGG album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Dodson and Fogg Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars An appealing blend of whimsy and angst, DODSON AND FOGG's first album establishes protagonist Chris Wade as youthful force in a genre that is anything but. As if to accentuate his own anachronistic bent, he enlists the assistance of artists far over twice his age - Celia Humphris (TREES), Nik Turner (HAWKWIND), and Judy Dyble (to name a few). In spite of the all star lineup, notwithstanding Turner's flutes, Wade's songwriting, vocals and both acoustic and electric guitars end up more than holding their own. Just to be clear, nobody in the group is named DODSON or FOGG - those are Dickensian characters.

While DODSON and FOGG casts a few direct nods to PINK FLOYD's acoustic oriented diversions, such as the haunting "Weather Changes" (think a more concise "Hey You", with a searing fuzzy guitar solo), this has more in common with late 1960s and early 1970s psychedelic folk. I think the most accurate point of comparisons would be FUCHSIA ("Just You and Me" and "Footprints", and "Where on Earth") and ALAN HULL's solo work ("Nothing at All", ). While we can hear the influences of NICK DRAKE, early STRAWBS, FOREST, and even the pastoral side of KING CRIMSON, this is not all retro - Wade is subtly establishing his own identity in "All Day Long" and "Crinkle Drive", with his strumming and picking overdubs, hypnotically soothing voice, and his lead guitars that seem wisely calibrated at pH 4, just right for the style.

As is often the case on first efforts by unproven artists, the statement is clear and the songs are good but they just don't quite attain the next level demanded by the ever more jaded. Given the potential for future development and the imminent release of a second album, this act might emerge from the fogg sooner rather than later.

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