ALBUM REVIEW: “Swim” Caribou
Caribou has always walked the line between sunny California pop and Euro club ambiance. I’ve always liked the sunny pop stuff, and hoped the latest would further explore that. Swim went the other direction, and I’m surprised I’m not more disappointed. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, I know, but house music hasn’t been cool with me since I was at Ruby Skye in 2001 drinking water at 4 in the morning. The brain behind Caribou Daniel Snaith has expressed a desire to carve out his own sound, and I thought his 2007 album Andorra did that. The most redeeming quality about house is its ability to be sexy, and Snaith has definitely accomplished that especially with “Lalibela” and album closer “Jamelia.” Swim is a much darker record than anything Snaith has put out, and if you like intelligent house music, I would definitely recommend it.