You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms; the only real solution being, you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that.
Our Love is due out on 6 October via City Slang and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans/ Matthew Cooper.
Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop inspired beats, muted house basslines and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart which are, of course, all filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analogue sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the records DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic sounds which cut through the blissful euphoria of bubbling synths and the albums synthetic constructions.
Everything on Our Love is perfectly placed. It’s uncluttered but not sterile; minimal but not distant, straightforward but still incredibly sophisticated. The gleaming, addictive cycles and manifest mantra of lead single ‘Can’t Do Without You’ exemplify these elements perfectly: its singular looped lyrical hook twisting with limited melodic sequences to become this breathing, growing, meaningful, complex track.
Having followed up his Polaris Prize winning record Andorra with the universally adored Swim in 2010 (selling nearly 175, 000 copies worldwide and being named ‘Album of the Year by Rough Trade, Mixmag and Resident Advisor whilst also hitting The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin and Mojo‘s Top 20), Dan has spent the intervening four years not only touring the world, bringing not only the sounds of Caribou to the stage but proving his immeasurable worth as a DJ with epic 7.5 hour long sets. In 2012 Caribou were personally invited to join Radiohead on the road whilst Dan released his first album under the guise of his dance floor loving pseudonym, Daphni, to widespread critical acclaim. Following the shape shifting sounds of JIAOLONG and the brightly textured, fluid constructions of Swim – both inward looking records in their own way – Dan withdrew to the basement once more to work on Caribou’s next opus. Only he didn’t: Our Love isn’t the sound of isolated creation but the sound of Dan at his most connected – with love for his listeners, his collaborators and those closest to him.
The album is available for pre-order on iTunes beginning at midnight on June 3. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant download of “Can’t Do Without You”.
Can’t Do Without You
All I Ever Need
Your Love Will Set You Free