100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

CaribouSwim (Merge, 4/20/10)

Caribou: “Bowls”
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One of the bigger names under the “folktronica” umbrella, Dan Snaith has combined dense arrangements with dance elements and 1960s- and indie-pop vocals for his 10-year career as Manitoba and Caribou.  On stage, the diverse material has been visually and aurally recreated by projections and a live band, with Snaith behind a drum kit, computer, synth, or bass.

Swim is Snaith’s third full-length as Caribou, and it accentuates the dance elements while his vocals are “clubbed out” with echoing loops.  Fans of his gentler and more-organic material may be put off, but it’s another bold new step in a twisting career.

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