Album Review: Caribou – ‘Swim’ (City Slang)

Electronica for grown ups

Returning to psychedelia of a more modern variety after the Polaris-winning ‘Andorra’ saw him pegged by some as a ’60s revisionist, electronic whiz Dan Snaith’s latest offering is a triumph to top even that masterstroke. Lead single ‘Odessa’ could be a great, lost Junior Boys cut with a hook that sounds – may we be frank? – like a Fraggle bringing itself to ecstasy; about as far away from the trippy bombast of ‘Melody Day’ as it’s possible to imagine. ‘Leave House’ is another standout, a lean electro-pop number with touches of flute and horn lending proceedings a subtly sinister twist. Elsewhere, Snaith seems less concerned with songs than he does with subtly wrought texture, his auteur’s eye transforming the Balearic synths of ‘Kaili’ into a beguiling soundscape of emotive power and substance. Seriously, this is a superlative record to stack up alongside Four Tet’s ‘There Is Love In You’ in the electronica-for-grown-ups stakes.

Alex Denney

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