Dan Snaith aka Caribou is back with a brand new album that is surely one of the electronic albums of the year. Our Love, the fourth Caribou album, beeps, bleeps and pulses in all the right places making it a wholly engrossing listen from start to finish. The album carries on in a similar vein to 2010’s Swim but somehow feels more personal. These are songs of love and longing with lyrics that are tinged with regret all enveloped in warm sounding synths and the crispest of beats.
Silver is a standout track and a perfect example of the album’s theme. Over a beautiful arpeggiated bass line and a almost queasy sounding repeated sample, Snaith sings of the loss of a loved one to the arms of another. “I wish I’d never met you/It doesn’t mean I can’t get over you,” he sings in a sad sounding falsetto. This is extremely personal music which can be a rare thing in the electronic field and that mix of the personal and electronics permeates the album. All I Ever Need is a minimal track with a distinct r&b feel in places and which again tugs at the heartstrings (“my next love will be the best I ever had”) , Second Chance a detuned version of a downbeat love song and Your Love Will Set You Free is a beautiful album closer which dreams of the person you loved but let go.
Our Love is an exploration of the end of a relationship masked in some of the most inventive electronic music you’ll hear at the moment. Experimental and at times testing listening, it’s an album that deserves a couple of plays. Once you do that, you’ll fall in love with it.
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