Review: Caribou, ‘Swim’

Review: Caribou, ‘Swim’: Aidin Vaziri | Canadian bedroom producer Dan Snaith, who releases music under the name Caribou, has been putting out records for 10 years. This might be the only one you really need. It’s brimming with enough ideas to feel like his first, as wobbly acid house beats, loose psychedelic melodies and barely there vocals jostle for space on intoxicating cuts such as “Sun” and “Jamelia.” Snaith, who has said his goal here was to make dance music that sounds liquid rather than metallic, repeatedly manages to create charm from the chaos. But it’s the opening track, “Odessa,” a haunting pop concoction that sounds so sonically dazzling you won’t even notice it’s just another sad-eyed breakup tune, that towers above the rest. Maybe all that experience hasn’t gone to waste.


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