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The way a new Caribou album always works, it should have been preceded by a “transitional record.”  In the time between Andorra’s baroque-pop and The Milk of Human Kindness’ neo-psych, continuity would tell us that this artist born Daniel Victor Snaith would need a few messy experiments before arriving at the airy wallop on 2007’s “Melody Day” from the overt DJ overtones on 2005’s “Pelican Narrows.”  I’d imagine there a few GBs worth of Caribou experiments, whole lost albums built up in practice, anticipating the final release to pull off another shape-shift.

To account for the last three years between Andorra and Swim, there are probably a few dance records taking up storage on a laptop somewhere as Caribou’s latest release hits stores today.  At first glance, Swim and first single “Odessa” appear to be skirting the trends that have prevailed into the new decade, slathering polyrhythms in swashes of color and sampled horns, undressing the flustered production that used to announce a Caribou track. But what initially comes off like a grasp at relevancy begins to reveal itself as a deconstruction of the dance tracks Caribou has been shoveling production onto for the last decade: “Odessa” takes a microscopic look at his usual flighty psychedelia and studies the obtuse, despairing beat that grounds it.  Add in impersonal lyrics detailing a woman leaving her man and “turning around the life she let him siphon away” and you have one twisted summer jam. The hardest part of breaking up is trying not to dance.





plane
04.20.10
Happy 4/20 8)

Kiran
04.20.10
such a good song/album

thebhoy
04.20.10
so good

AggravatedYeti
04.20.10
mmmmmmmmmmmmm

joshuatree
04.20.10
8)

hopefully i'll have the review for this done today, realistically probably not tho

robertsona
04.20.10
I don't know. The beat--which I feel should at least be a little bumpin' because I'm certainly not listening to this song for much else--feels a little arbitrarily constructed to me, I guess? I feel like nothing has much of a place and the bassline, drums, and that screechy "wout wout" sound all feel thrown together without much note to how they all feel as a cohesive whole. The little "she can say" (I'm not sure this is exactly what he is saying?) hook helps it out and gives me something to hold onto, but, otherwise, the song is just kinda cool--certainly not exciting, but not pleasurable enough to make up for that either. But, you know, whatever.

robertsona
04.20.10
I also hate the vocals. Go figure.

Electric City
04.20.10
itt: alex robertson doesn't get things go figure

robertsona
04.20.10
explain?

plane
04.20.10
I don't know how to retort, but I'd argue the song as a grower. In my sound off of the album I described Snaith as spending as much time "with the details as he does the melodies, drawing out the minimalism inherent in house and amplifying each garish quirk to 11." You notice all the elements but not always exactly how they're used; he manipulates all these parts gradually and differently over the song. The lack of instrumentation gives it a slight feel in context but Snaith is doing a lot with a little. Also just catchy as all get out.

plane
04.20.10
To draw on the "hold onto" bit, the song is about escape. Just let go, get lost in it.

joshuatree
04.20.10
plus how do you hate the vocals, they're a little demure i guess but that's why they're so effective. also give off a real arthur russell feel which i love

robertsona
04.20.10
ill give it a few more shots and if i feel like it (just got my music wiped) i might get the album too

robin
04.20.10
this guy was mentioned in culture over here and i sort of glazed over it. i like this song so yeah i shall caribou it up =)

klap
04.20.10
caribou's never really struck me as dance music nor house, but this album still rules face as a chill-out vibe kind of deal

plane
04.21.10
Well, that's because he never was. Just saying it's a new template he's approached, and which at least he paid homage to in earlier work.

theacademy
04.21.10
itunes free track this week btw

Yotimi
04.22.10
This is awesome

Lucid
04.23.10
Yeah it's great

theacademy
04.20.11
happy 1 year anniversary, guys

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