All of a sudden there's a bunch of upcoming releases; I'm counting the days until their drop dates (see list below). One of them is from Dan Snaith, the Canadian mastermind behind the electronica band Caribou (as well as Manitoba and Daphni). His gyrating, funky tune "Odessa" caught my ear with heavy airplay on KCRW back in 2010, and landed a spot in my Late Fall 2010 Playlist plus a Top 20+ Songs of 2010. Based on this one song I was thrilled to catch Snaith live at Moogfest 2010, where he huddled as a quartet behind a drum kit in a corner of the arena stage. (Snaith plays drums, guitar, bass and synths but chooses percussion when performing concerts.) With openers, there's plenty of equipment announcing the next band behind the group and taking up space, but I loved how Snaith felt a need to be even more scrunched together with the rest of the musicians. It also made the performance much more intense, as they fed off of each other's energy while the sound resonated in the cavernous space before a huge crowd.
|Dan Snaith (photo via Merge Records)|
The lead single "Can't Do With You" is filled with disjointed samples leading into a fluid groove that finds that "Odessa" bliss once again. It is off the sixth studio album, Our Love, to be released October 7 via Merge Records. Caribou will be appearing during the four-day music festival celebrating the Merge 25th Anniversary on July 26 in Carborro, NC before a full tour this fall, stopping at Webster Hall in NYC November 11. (Merge also recently partnered with Google Play for a label doc and exclusive songs in honor of 25 years.) Check out the song here and other releases -- I've marked my calendar already!
UPCOMING RELEASES TO WATCH FOR LATE SUMMER/FALL 2014:
August 5 - Spoon, They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
August 26 - The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers (Matador Records)
September 9 - Delta Spirit, Into The Wild (Dualtone Records)
September 9 - Avi Buffalo, At Best Cuckold (Sub Pop Records)
September 9 - Interpol, El Pinto (Matador)
September 16 - Generationals, Alix (Polyvinyl)
September 23 - Sondre Lerche, Please (Mona Records)
September 23 - Tweedy, Sukierae (dBpm Records)
September 30 - Christopher Owens, A New Testament (Turnstile Music)
October 7 - Caribou, Our Love (Merge Records)