- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on February 9th, 2011 at 4:42p.m.
Yes, I know I'm about a year late to reviewing this, seeing as it came out back in April last year. The truth is I just picked something at random to review, because I obviously have nothing better to do with my time.
The first Caribou song I heard was played on BBC 6music - they were playing Odessa over and over again. Fortunately I didn't mind, there's something oddly relaxing about that song. Intrigued by Odessa, I fired up Spotify, found their newest album Swim, and hit play. I was not disappointed. It's quite difficult to accurately classify this album in terms of traditional genres. The closest I've been able to come is calling it electronica, but that does it a disservice. It's more experimental electronica.
I woudn't say that there's an overall sound to the album - well, except maybe the haunting vocals that permeate each track. Every track seems to have it's own unique tone, unlike the tracks on a Kings of Leon (for example), which you can immediately tell are Kings of Leon songs. Every track throws you from one area of electronic music to another - minimal, house, and even a bit of disco, yet it all seems to flow well. It's a very laid back, relaxing, detached sound, if a little inaccessible to newcomers. I would argue that Swim benefits from repeated listening to hear all the instrumental subtleties woven throughout every track and the entire album, stitching what seem to be clearly distinct-sounding songs together.
I have a feeling that this album won't be a lot of people's cup of tea. The best way of finding out if it's your cup of tea is by playing the most accessible, radio-friendly track, Odessa (track 1). If you like it, play the rest of the album, if not you're probably wasting your time. Highlight tracks for me include Odessa, Kaili, Bowls and Leave House. Why not hear for yourself?