REVIEW - Caribou - Our Love

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Dan Snaith has said that he wrote ‘Can’t Do Without You’, the lead single from his fourth Caribou LP, with festival sunsets and arms aloft in mind.

Such is his song-crafting ability that in almost Kubrickian fashion he brought this image to life, seducing crowds both sides of the Atlantic with the kaleidoscopic euphoria of the track.

The full album follows emotional suit; it is Snaith’s most personal record to date. The title alone betrays a humanity not heard before in his electronica, where themes of affection, attraction and jealousy pervade.

The music itself is diverse and constantly shifting. There’s garage on ‘Julia Brightly’, hip hop on ‘Silver’ and ‘Dive’, soulful pop on ‘Second Chance’ and tech house on ‘All I Ever Need’. Crucially though, the album is given coherence by recurrent themes: Snaith’s own capable falsetto, his gloriously reverberating synths and softness of tone.

Snaith says he wanted to make an album for everyone. He has.

4/5

Our Love was released 6 October 2014 on City Slang

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