Artist of the week: Caribou
When, in 2004, Canadian composer, musician and DJ Dan Snaith was forced to rename his main musical project from Manitoba to Caribou (due to a rather ridiculous lawsuit for trademark infringement by Dictators frontman “Handsome Dick” Manitoba), he had already consolidated his status as one of the most intriguing talents in the electronic music arena of the new millennium, thanks to records such as 2001’s charmingly homespun Start Breaking My Heart and 2003’s vibrant and imaginative Up In Flames.
After receiving his doctorate in mathematics from Imperial College London in 2005 (which added another cool layer to his already colorful aura), Caribou started to slowly move from his enthusiastic proposal of recycling early nineties indie rock (mostly shoegaze) to more psychedelic landscapes with 2005’s The Milk of Human Kindness and 2007’s Polaris Prize winner Andorra.
The recently released Our Love is the culmination of his focus shifting from bedsit to nightclub, which can be traced back to 2010’s Swim, his first truly dancefloor-orientated record. Make no mistake: his latest, fascinating and euphoric collection has already a place reserved amongst the most playable and rewarding electronic albums of 2014.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.