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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Caribou
Swim
Merge

Rating: 8.3/10 ?


April 28, 2010
Dan Snaith wasn't just spouting artsy bullshit when he stated during Swim's promotional rounds that he wanted to create "dance music that sounds like it's made out of water." The Canadian math whiz and artist formerly known as Manitoba proves he's just as calculated as he is cerebral, crafting music that feels equally clubby, fluid and submerged to back up the ideal album title.

It's hard not to feel the flow from the opening hook of "Odessa," with its building bass line, banshee-like wails and Snaith's soft falsetto proving he's been listening to more Junior Boys lately (makes perfect sense considering that Snaith recorded Swim in Jeremy Greenspan's studio). Still, while Caribou has left behind the psych-pop indulgences of Andorra, he's not exactly some born-again club kid either. Either of "Sun" and "Kaili" could have been generic house tracks plagued by 4/4 monotony, but Snaith defies such trappings, sculpting one into a dulcet dubstep raver and the other an almost beatless wonder that resurrects the elastic synth patterns from Underworld and Orbital's earliest records.

Whether he is detuning the melodies on "Hannibal" or sinking the drums to the depths on "Bowls," Caribou's past components have been drowned out by a newfound synthesis that's more akin to LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip than Love or Golden Nuggets comps. This is no doubt Swim's biggest crutch, at least to longtime Snaith fans, but it's still worth dipping your toes in even you don't think you're ready to dive.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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