Dan likes to move it move it

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY

For fans of for­ward-think­ing, heart-el­e­vat­ing psy­che­delic elec­tron­ica, Dan Snaith can do no wrong. At least, that’s been the case since 2010’s ca­reer-break­ing Swim. Our Love is the follow-up (2012’s Jiao­long was re­leased un­der Snaith’s Daphni moniker), and it’s ob­vi­ously been audi­bly in­flu­enced by Swim’s suc­cess.

Much of Snaith’s ex­ten­sive back cat­a­logue, both as Man­i­toba and Cari­bou, fo­cuses on in­tro­spec­tion and at­mos­phere. But with a hit such as Sun in his back pocket, it sounds like the Cana­dian has re­alised that he has both the tools and the smarts to get bod­ies mov­ing on the dance­floor. Ex­ten­sive tour­ing, both with Ra­dio­head and his own four-piece band, has also paved the way for an un­abashedly forth­right, dance­able al­bum.

That new­found sense of con­fi­dence is per­cep­ti­ble on the shud­der­ing beats of the ex­cel­lent All I Ever Need, the bursts of colour on the Four Tet-es­que Ju­lia Brightly and jit­tery club an­them Mars.

If the ti­tle doesn’t give it away, the other in­spi­ra­tional fac­tor on Our Love has been re­la­tion­ships. Snaith be­came a fa­ther in 2011, and Can’t Do With­out You and the ti­tle track are in­fused with ten­der­ness and warmth. The for­mer blooms into life around a repet­i­tive vo­cal hook, the lat­ter pings and throbs with a grimy zing rem­i­nis­cent of a cut from the Acid House era.

Snaith’s trade­mark sen­si­tive, soul­ful voice threads a poignant sense of vul­ner­a­bil­ity through­out the al­bum, while the ex­cel­lent Sec­ond Chance, a won­der­fully wonky num­ber, fea­tures his com­pa­triot Jessy Lanza tak­ing the lead. Yet even with the pro­lif­er­a­tion of emo­tion and lyri­cal sen­si­tiv­ity, Snaith never loses sight of what he pre­sum­ably set out to do: get the masses mov­ing. cari­bou.fm Down­load: Can’t Do With­out You, Sec­ond Chance, Mars


Our Love ★★★★

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