Caribou, "Swim"

Album Review

After winning Canada's coveted Polaris Music Prize for his 2008 album "Andorra," musician Dan Snaith (who performs with a backing band under the stage name Caribou) had some pressure going into his follow-up disc. But Caribou's newest set, "Swim," which contains more electronic elements than its pop-traced predecessor, is a major step forward for Snaith. The forceful dance beats of "Swim" meld nicely with the singer's low-key lyrical delivery to form a complex balance that's perfect for the dancefloor. The aggressive rhythms of "Kaili" leave room for softly delivered vocals and woodwind frills, while clanging percussion and intricate harp runs mesh with standard dance keyboards in "Bowls." And Caribou isn't afraid to utilize other genres: The dark harmonies on "Leave House" reveal a trace of Massive Attack-like trip-hop, while guest vocals from Born Ruffians singer Luke LaLonde on "Jamelia" lend a dream-pop tinge to the album. --Erin Clendaniel


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