I have been eagerly awaiting the new Caribou album (as with all Dan Snaith's releases)...and I have to admit that this is some of the best material he has ever produced! Its the first time Dan has gone for a more song based approach,and seems like the next logical progressive step from his previous works, with vocals on every track and Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys providing lyrics and voice to stand out track "She's the One".
The album has a distinctive 60's retro sound and comparisons could be made to various Psyche/Pop bands from that era, but that would be missing the point...Opener,"Melody Day" sets the scene with its lush falsetto vocals and sleigh bells and lets you know from the start that you are experincing something remarkable.This is truely fresh and exciting, and welcomes you with open arms into a dreamlike place that solely exists for the duration of the album.
The highlight for me though has to be "Niobe", the closing track. Its impossible to pigeonhole to a specific style (why would you want to when its this good)and sounds futuristic and ancient at the same time, with an almost trance like feel that holds your full attention.
I am a little biased in my opinion, Ive been a Caribou/Manitoba fan since time began but I think this album will appeal to everyone and not just hardcore followers. This should bring the success and aclaim that Dan Snaith justly deserves...I just cant wait for the next one.