REVIEW: CARIBOU | OUR LOVE

It’s quite phenomenal just how much this record will make you dance. You’re essentially listening to hyper-lactic love record strung together through ultra-intelligent rhythmic structure and a proud sense of disco infusion. Caribou, born Dan Snaith, has swam through genre fields of folktronica bliss to shoegaze evergreen and even patchy meadows of krautrock. Yet while these elements roam free in Snaith’s digitial landscape, he has never produced a more clean-cut and tight Caribou record before now.

Although listing previous genres to which Caribou has been affiliated with, Our Love is utterly faultless when it comes to electronic structure and attention to sonic detail. The record is a symbiosis of dance music and represents how the brand has come full circle. Without failure, Our Love achieves better results in genres its not even trying to embody compared with groups who structure their entire body of work around said particular sound. Album highlight ‘Silver’ runs a looping sample which calculatedly blends beneath the metallic, shimmering synth tones. It even gives thanks to Owen Pallett, of Arcade Fire fame, to his blessed symposia of string arrangements. On the top layer of ‘Silver’, we have a 2 a.m. jaunting club tune yet Snaith includes some heavily reverbed vocals detailing a long-distance relationship; describing it as world’s apart from one another. Dance music has never appeared as lyric-heavy music with any particularly enthralling themes, though Caribou blurs borders and revels in his accomplishments. The more-than-tolerable, yet incredible woozy and disorienting, sometimes off-key, track ‘Second Chance’ which features a nameless FKA twigs-cross-Elizabeth Rose-esque R’n’B signer who chimes in pop sensibilities which brings with it fluid change to Our Love’s dynamics. The rhythmic clatterings and warm analogue flute-inspired sounds of ‘Mars’ is nothing more than an observation track into Snaith’s own undoing and his views into the practically unknown.

Perhaps this is his view on love, also – no one knows what’s truly there until it’s explored. Snaith is a guy who loves to love. He is happily married and has several children of his own. Although the lyrics touch on personas of mistresses and martial controversies, it’s difficult to pinpoint Snaith’s involvement in these characters’ perspectives. Just like his trip to ‘Mars’, Caribou is an pervasive observer into human psyche.

Few albums conjure up the word ‘perfect’, but it’s safe to assume Caribou’s fourth effort Our Love is nothing short of perfection. It’s dance music that appeals to both the hardcore fans and the feint-at-heart listeners. Caribou is music’s best kept secret, let’s keep it that way.

Jake Wilton

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