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4.0 out of 5 stars Come On In - The Water's Lovely !!, 21 April 2010
This review is from: Swim (Audio CD)
Caribou is Canadian composer/musician Daniel Victor Snaith.
'Swim' is his most recent album, having previously released
four other albums under the Caribou and Manitoba banners
since his 2001 debut ('Start Breaking My Heart').

He is a purveyor of gently rhythmic electronic dreams,
although he is also sometimes overtaken momentarily by
the need to create a jolly pop song. 'Bees' on his 2005
album 'The Milk Of Human Kindness' and 'Melody Day' on
'Andorra' (2007) are both fine examples of these lapses.

The nine compositions on 'Swim' create a powerful and
coherent unity whilst retaining plenty of sonic light
and shade to sustain our interest and attention.

Mr Snaith's fragile but friendly falsetto contributes
a distinctive edge to the proceedings. Sometimes bouncing
around happily above and between the dance-friendly beats,
as in opener 'Odessa' (an addictively twitchy number!); or
in others slipping and sliding about like a man negotiating
a passage across thin ice ('Found Out' is an especially
discombobulating - and lovely - example).

The instrumental 'Bowls' is a particularly strong musical idea.
A simple hypnotic pulse is overlaid with rich layers of luminous
synth arpeggios and gamelan-like percussion. The effect is both
exotic and strangely affecting. Canadian temple music at its finest!

'Leave House' combines a jauntily nervous rhythmic and vocal
arrangement with a darker, brooding undertow which generates
considerable emotional tension. We are left uncertain about
the safety of the territory into which Mr Snaith is leading us
and this contrast is the track's greatest strength and arguably
the album's finest moment.

'Lalibella' is a curious miniature. It bursts into bright being
following an almost inaudible introduction, casts its brief spell
and returns from whence it came without as much as a by your leave.

Final track 'Jamelia' features a pleasantly shifty (almost jazzy)
vocal by Luke LaLonde (guitarist and singer with Canadian band
Born Ruffians). He does a good job battling between the waves and
seismic surges which Mr Snaith has conjured from the depths of his
wayward musical imagination. It is a complex and stirring conclusion.

Intelligent electronica of the finest pedigree.

Recommended.
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Initial post: 24 Apr 2010 12:11:51 BDT
Red on Black says:
Good review Wolf, nice album I particularly like Jamelia

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2010 16:55:19 BDT
The Wolf says:
Thank you RoB
;o)

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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2014 20:52:15 GMT
groucho says:
Agreed, summed up well - probably his best album to date, nicely warped techno/dream pop hybrid, particularly the Moby(Go)esque 'Sun'.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2014 21:27:29 GMT
The Wolf says:
Hello groucho

Thanks for stopping by. Can't say I was terribly impressed with his most recent effort though....

Best Wishes and Happy Christmas

The Wolf
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