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'Odessa' by Caribou

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Caribou: An Electro-Pop Mad Scientist

Caribou: An Electro-Pop Mad Scientist

'Odessa' by Caribou

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Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou

In "Odessa," each sound feels meticulously crafted, but flows smoothly through a liquid groove.

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Friday's Pick

  • Song: "Odessa"
  • Artist: Caribou
  • CD: Swim
  • Genre: Electronic

For more than 10 years, Daniel Snaith has been playing mad scientist with pop and psychedelic music. As Manitoba, and more recently as Caribou, he's pushed the genres' limits with electronics and studio trickery. Some tracks feel like stylistic experiments, but that's not to say the results haven't been fruitful. In 2008, Snaith won Canada's Polaris Music Prize for his album Andorra, which fused Caribou's human and robotic characteristics even further.

"Odessa" goes down that same road while pointing unashamedly toward the dance floor. Snaith borrows some moves from italo disco, and his vocals, which are usually on the soft side, come off like a statement of sensuality. Metallic polyrhythms dance over a bumping bass line as atmospheric squawks create a jungle of texture. Each sound feels meticulously crafted, but flows smoothly through a liquid groove. Snaith has created a libido-driven monster, and it's on the loose.

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