Caribou‘s Dan Snaith has created a masterpiece with his newest release Swim, but you don’t need me to tell you this… The album has received high praises from all the top music critics and he has been selling out shows all over the country ( I saw him last week and it was amazing). How could Swim not be a masterpiece? Snaith collaborated with some of the top electronic music producers in the game including Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden, Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan and Born Ruffians’ Luke Lalonde to create Snaith’s conceptual album of “dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water.”
Most of the focus from the album has been on the lead off single “Odessa” but personally I feel the real banger on the album is the LCD Soundsystem-esque “Leave House”. The track starts out with an amazing groove made up of a flute and drum beat which is soon met by a cowbell and shaker… He already has me. Then enters Snaith’s tranquil vocals over a synth. The song builds with added production, but when almost everything drops out at the 4:12 mark except for vocals and horns, Caribou leaves you yearning for more… Twenty-five seconds later that cowbell drops again and it’s like a pill of ecstasy just kicked in. I haven’t heard anything that has sounded so reminiscent of Arthur Russell‘s disco days and for that reason alone, Swim lives up to the hype.