Caribou, “Our Love”

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.18.14 in Listen to This

Dan Snaith’s first several albums as Caribou (né Manitoba) introduced a supreme genre-hopper, equally at home in shoegaze and bright ’60s psych-pop, krautrock and electronic headphones music. On 2010′s Swim, though, he conjured up a type of amniotic dance-pop that in hindsight only looks all the more like a breakthrough. Snaith has continued his exploration of house and techno under his Daphnia alias, but Caribou keeps plumbing a headier space — fit for a night out, perhaps, but just as much for a contemplative ride home afterward. The first taste of Caribou’s upcoming album Our Love, due out October 7 via Merge, was the gradually surging “Can’t Do Without,” and now comes the title track, with its jittery bass line, skittering hi-hats, swooping strings and a love that need not quite clearly enunciate the song’s name. Where’s the late Donna Summer, she of “I Feel Love” greatness, when you need her for a remix?