Maribou State (whose name I cannot help but read as some crossover of Dan Snaith’s two monikers, Caribou and Manitoba) make music of a dance-pop persuasion, echoing elements rushing together into tightly emotive vocal house formations. Portraits includes vocals from Holly Walker and Jono McCleery, and the special edition comes with a whole extra disc of remixes.
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Our descriptions goblin Tom rightly pointed out that Maribou is essentially a melding of Manitoba and Caribou, talk about wearing your influences on your sleeve right? Maybe thought you’d throw a bit of 808 State in there too, eh? Secret collaboration or not, it certainly sounds pretty Snaith, but lets not reduce this duo of Brits to just that.
The Maribou State sound, fully endorsed by Gilles Peterson of course, encompasses glossy warm synths over slinky house beats, sometimes in chill lounger mode, sometimes up and jumping. Think of it as Chet Faker’s vocals over some modern soulful house, including some guest appearances from Holly Walker and Jono McCleery. There are crossovers with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Bondax and of course Caribou on Portraits, and I would not be surprised if they’re touring the majority of big festivals the world over this summer.
The production is pretty thick and weighty, with beats that don’t thump more than they need to and synth with actual room to breathe. The one thing that really grates with me on this are the indie-soul vocals, we’re fairly tired of them at this point. We know you can feel emotions, you’re making music, overstating it isn’t necessary. But if you want some tasty rhythm section action, then by all means check this out, but be prepared for some serious croon.
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