Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Matt Dillon's Soul Patch:: Caribou Odessa

photo courtesy of Michael Forester

Without a doubt, the one show Shane and I will joke about from now until we are moments away from being buried in the dirt is the night we saw Caribou - at the time, Dan was still operating under the name Manitoba - play at the Horseshoe.

Not only did the band come out and obliterate everyone's ear drums with a feverish attack on any and all substances that could be used to create a percussive sound, but the opening band was four dudes playing singing saws behind a sheet filled with projected images. Of course, they were called "The Saws" and seeing hipsters kick it to a gaggle of saws was pretty well amazing in an "are people actually enjoying this?" type of way. But obviously, Dan Snaith and his band was why we were there, and why we are posting today. After a name change, and a surprising Polaris Prize win thanks to the fractured sounds of Andorra, he's back and naturally, he seems to have reinvented the Caribou sound one more time.

The single from the new record - Swim - is called Odessa and it's as infectious a song as I've heard from the man. Melodic, enjoyable, danceable... these are not the common reactions to Dan's innovative, cacophonous compositions, but if Odessa is the template for the record, Swim might become a DJ favorite. You can't help start tossing out names (Junior Boys was the one that lodged into my brain along with Whitest Boy Alive/Erlend Oye vox that blow your mind) when the bass line and electro tones start dominating your headphones, but make no mistake, the tribal, visceral feel of the song is pure Snaith. I'll warn you now, if you listen to this song once, prepare to have it loops over and over for about a half hour.

MP3:: Caribou - Odessa

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