Daphni - Jiaolong

For a while now, Dan Snaith, mastermind of the forever-morphing percussive psych-pop project Caribou, has been making remixes and dance tracks under his Daphni alter-ego. And this fall, he’ll release Jiaolong, his first full-length collection as Daphni. According to a press release, Snaith became inspired to make a dance record after spending a ton of time DJing in clubs during Caribou’s marathon tours. Below, we’ve got the album’s tracklist, the moving-pictures video for his 2011 single “Ye Ye,” and some vaguely incendiary words that Snaith wrote about the album’s genesis.

Here’s what Snaith had to say in that press release:

I’ve been surprised by the number of transcendent moments that I, sober and in my mid-30s, have had in clubs in the last few years, both as a punter and as a DJ. Against my expectations, there’s some magic in it still. The clichés about the collective consciousness of clubs still seems to hold water in some special cases. Set against the backdrop of bland and functional dance music and the mind-numbing predictability of the EDM barfsplosion currently gripping the corporate ravesters, there is a small world where dance music lives up to its potential to liberate, surprise, and innovate. It’s there that I hope Daphni has a place.

(via Merge)

Merge has since amended that press release to remove the “barfspoitation” talk; I guess the label doesn’t want it with Deadmau5.

01 “Yes, I Know”
02 “Cos-Ber-Zam – Ne Noya (Daphni Mix)”
03 “Ye Ye”
04 “Light”
05 “Pairs”
06 “Ahora”
07 “Jiao”
08 “Springs”
09 “Long”

Jiaolong is out 10/9 on Merge.

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  2. I’ll take the bleep boops over the wub wubs

  3. So is this a new Caribou album or something else? The headline and the write up contradict eachother.

    • Dan Snaith is ‘Caribou’; however, he’s created a new moniker (‘Daphni’) to explore a different sound—just as Phil Elvrum was ‘The Microphones’ but is now ‘Mount Eerie’.

  4. It sounds like Snaith is trying to appeal to a sort of grassroots EDM movement, but I don’t know enough about the history of EDM to tell whether “Ye Ye” achieves that or not.

    Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

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