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DAN SNAITH’S SEVENTH OUTING AS CARIBOU IS A POIGNANT PORTRAIT OF HIS HOME LIFE SET TO A SURPRISING SONIC PALETTE

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“Sister, I promise you I’m changing/ You’ve heard broken promises I know,” Dan Snaith wastes no time wearing his heart on his sleeve on Sister, the opening track to his latest album as Caribou, Suddenly. For the first time in his two-decade long career, the Canadian producer takes a cue from his previous album, 2014’s Our Love, and expands on its personal themes with varying degrees of intimacy. The focus here, as suggested by the above track, lies on his own family life and how he navigates through the complexiti­es of it all.

Throughout the 12-track length of Suddenly, Snaith sings in great detail about “losses and traumas from [his] life and the lives of the people around [him]”. Our early favourites include the 60s soul-leaning You And I, a wistful song dedicated to his wife’s mother who’s dealing with the loss of her son; and the Gloria Barnes-sampled

Home, which pushes Caribou’s aesthetics into a whole new territory.

Speaking of the production, the record doesn’t sound like anything he’s done in any of his projects before. The tempo moves at a more relaxed pace while the electronic­s have been toned down considerab­ly. Even then, it’s still full of unexpected surprises whether he’s tackling R&B (New Jade), hip-hop (Sunny’s Time) or Tame Impala-esque psychedeli­a (Magpie).

Another astonishin­g aspect of Suddenly is Snaith’s singing. If Our Love was an appetiser, this is the main course, plus a dessert. His voice, wholly natural and admiringly unadorned, is at the forefront of most tracks (save for the only instrument­al piece

Filtered Grand Piano). This lends it a deeply personal and human touch that’s often missing from electronic artists.

The verdict:

On the whole, Suddenly feels very much like a natural progressio­n from Our Love.

It brilliantl­y sums up Snaith’s musical journey so far as well as hinting at what he’s capable of bringing us in the future.

Quotable lyrics:

“You can take your place up in the sky/ I will find a way to carry on down here/ Just as long as you are here/ We can only make it if you try” (You And I).

Listen to this:

You And I, New Jade, Home, Like I Loved You, Lime.

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