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You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms; the only real solution being, you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that.Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop-inspired beats, muted house basslines, and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart all of which are, of course, filtered through Dan s own unique perspective.
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Anyway, this album is truly fantastic, upon the first listen I thought to myself "eh, not too bad", but then I felt the need to revisit it just a few days later, and man-oh-man, this LP definitely grows on you. Definitely one that gets better with each subsequent listen.
This is all coming from a guy who isn't entirely into EDM or Electronica in general, but who does love Dan Snaith and Caribou regardless.
There's something about this album that just makes me feel like I'm feeding my ears, truly a worthwhile effort after the amazing release of Swim.
I believe that if you have even a slightly open mind when it comes to different musical genres, you'll end up eating this one for breakfast.
I Can't Do It Without You is probably my favorite track on here, but it's tough to choose.
As a side note - if you have a chance to see Caribou on tour this year, the band is on fire right now. I saw them in Boston and it was one of the best live shows I've seen in a while.
I also remember tons of music blogs blowing up earlier this year over Dawn Golden, a side project from one half of Houses, released on Diplo's Mad Decent label (and with plenty of oversight from Diplo on the production). Again, not a bad album at all. But even with the solid production values, it's really just ten tracks about how his ex broke his heart. Or killed herself. Or started dating a drug dealer or something. I dunno, it's kinda vague. But he's sad. I get it.
So after being disappointed with the previous two buy-ins, i was already hesitant when everyone started talking about the latest "dance" album from Caribou. But after listening to a few tracks, and thinking "surely i can't be fooled a third time..." i bought it. And i was right. I couldn't be fooled a third time. This album is fantastic.
It's everything I wanted both of the other two albums to be, beautifully and skillfully layered into one. Yes, the lyrics are about love and/or loss, but the the music is about second chances and hope. So you might be sad for a second that your ex left you, but then you're reminded that there's phat analog basslines and dancing to do, so you know, WHATEVER =) And i wouldn't be terribly surprised to find out that Dan was listening to old BoC albums while working on this one. "Silver" sounds like he asked Boards of Canada if he could borrow their synths, and then Burial heard what he was doing and pranked him by inserting a random R&B vocal sample into the bridge. "Second Chance" has a similar dissonant pitch bend, filter effect, and even BPM as BoC's "Dawn Chorus". I'll let you find the rest of the similarities for yourself, but trust me, they're there, and they're glorious.
You could label this album as either "indie electronica" or maybe "dream pop" or "experimental dance" or something else equally limiting, but to do so wouldn't do it justice. It skillfully combines multiple influences into something that transcends genres... and in the end is just really good music. 5x5 and 10/10.