You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms, with the only real solution being: you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that. Our Love is due October 7 on Merge Records and is the sixth studio album from Caribou. The album features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans and Matthew Cooper.
Listen to the lead single "Can't Do Without You" via Soundcloud now.
Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop-inspired beats, muted house basslines, and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart – all of which, of course, are filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analog sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the record’s DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic nature that cut through bubbling synths and the blissful euphoria of their synthetic constructions. It’s not all downbeat of course; whilst some thoughts linger on mortality, loss, and letting go, there is always an element of celebration.
Having followed up his Polaris Prize-winning 2007 record Andorra with the universally adored Swim in 2010 (selling nearly 175,000 copies worldwide and being named Album of the Year by Rough Trade, Mixmag, and Resident Advisor whilst also hitting The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin and Mojo’s Top 20), Dan has spent the intervening four years touring the world, bringing not only the sounds of Caribou to the stage but proving his immeasurable worth as a DJ, with epic 7½-hour-long sets. In 2012, Caribou were personally invited to join Radiohead on the road whilst Dan released his first album under the guise of his dancefloor-loving pseudonym Daphni to widespread critical acclaim. Following the shape-shifting sounds of JIAOLONG and the brightly textured, fluid constructions of Swim – both inward looking records in their own way – Dan withdrew to the basement once more to work on Caribou’s next opus. Only he didn’t: Our Love isn’t the sound of isolated creation but the sound of Dan at his most connected – with love for his listeners, his collaborators, and those closest to him.
The album is available for pre-order on iTunes now, with an instant gratification download of “Can’t Do Without You.”
1. Can’t Do Without You
3. All I Ever Need
4. Our Love
6. Second Chance
7. Julia Brightly
9. Back Home
10. Your Love Will Set You Free
Caribou tour dates:
Jul 26 Carrboro, NC — Merge 25 Festival
Aug 23 Los Angeles, CA — FYF Fest
Nov 10 Montreal, QC — Le National
Nov 11 Boston, MA — Paradise
Nov 12 New York, NY — Webster Hall
Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
Nov 14 New York, NY — Webster Hall
Nov 15 Washington, DC — Black Cat
Nov 17 Atlanta, GA — Terminal West
Nov 18 Orlando, FL — The Social
Nov 19 Miami, FL — Grand Central
Nov 20 Tallahassee, FL — Club Downunder
Nov 21 New Orleans, LA — One Eyed Jacks
Nov 22 Houston, TX — Fitzgeralds
Nov 23 Austin, TX — Mohawk
Nov 24 Toronto, ON — Danforth