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 clichĂ©s 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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