Swim by Caribou

Seems Dan Snaith's musical ambition increases as his hairline recedes. The man once known as Manitoba has made a series of increasingly bold psychedelic pop as Caribou culminating in Swim which added a five piece horn section to the previous mainly home recorded work. It resulted in an album which took Snaith overground with hints of the Flaming Lips and Animal Collective in this vibrant technicolour opus. 

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Swim by Caribou
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9/10 Brian 15 April 2010

I'm annoyed. I hate it when musicians do this to me. After liking him for a bit years back, then strangely developing a phobia towards his increasingly clatterphonic psychedelic wall-of-sound approach till everything he did annoyed the bollocks off me, this new Caribou album has totally crept up behind us & stuck a banger up my arse. I totally love it. It actually shits on the new Four Tet album in my opinion - it's that good. I'm sorry I was ever cruel Dan, I owe you a pint. Why is it so good? Well, remember how Hot Chip used to claim to write these winning pop songs but they were often never quite as good as you wanted them to be? Erm...Mr Snaith has addressed your concerns. You like the Pantha Du Prince album loads but wish it had more dreamy, fragile vocals on it like the Panda Bear one? Mr Snaith has listened sympathetically to your worries. You're looking for a new fave 3am record to snuggle down with & toke up to but all the albums you've heard recently run out of steam really quickly, or only have 2-3 really good tracks on? Mr Snaith totally understands. 'Swim' is the answer to these and many other problems. It can be taken 3-4 times daily but is recommended for when you totally need an effervescent euphoric pick-me-up. Only one tiny complaint is the out-of-place deranged sax on 'Kaili' but I can sure live with that. His first for City Slang and hopefully not his last!!!



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