Caribou, “Can’t Do Without You”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 06.04.14 in Listen to This

It’s been four years since Caribou’s last record, the alternately flexible and prismatic Swim. That record was fluid and dreamlike, putting a new emphasis on Dan Snaith’s voice, surrounding it with kaleidoscopic synths and undergirding it with rigid, thumping rhythms. If “Can’t Do Without You” is any indication, the forthcoming Our Love will be a bit more streamlined. The song is a brisk, bracing dancefloor-filler, with the gauzy synths that defined Swim scraped away in favor of a simple backbeat and a quasi-gospel-house vocal singing the song’s title ecstatically, over and over. It’s not too far afield from the dance music retro-futurism practiced by recent sensations Disclosure, but “Can’t Do” builds slower and more deliberately. By the time it reaches the hands-in-the-air crescendo, it feels both breathless and earned.