When Dan Snaith stopped by and gave a Progress Report on Swim, his followup to 2007’s Andorra he let Jessica know that “rather than planning and writing out structures as he did with with Andorra … [he] recorded bits of pieces of things he likes to see what sticks and what doesn’t.”
One thing that’s emerged: Snaith has decided to combine the dancier tracks from his Daphni project (he recently completed a Courtney Tidwell remix) with the songs he’s been prepping as Caribou. “It just happens that some of the tracks that were supposed to be dance-y were the most interesting to me. They had elements that dance music wasn’t supposed to have, or had sounds dance music doesn’t traditionally have in it, or some beat or tempo that wasn’t characteristic of dance music or whatever,” he explains. “I’ve never been successful at being rigid and saying, ‘Okay, this track is going to be in this genre.’ I always follow my nose and throw in any elements that appeal to me.”
As far as the Swim title, Pitchfork quotes a statement where Snaith said he “got excited by the idea of making dance music that’s liquid in the way it flows back and forth, the sounds slosh around in pitch, timbre, pan… Dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water…” See how all of this holds up after listening to the opener, “Odessa.”
Caribou – “Odessa” (MP3)
?04 “Found Out”
?06 “Leave House”?
Swim is out 4/20 in the US via Merge and in the UK and Europe via City Slang. The collection was recorded in Wales and with Junior Boy’s Jeremy Greenspan in his Hamilton, Ontario studio. Guest reportedly include Keiran Hebden, Born Ruffians’ Luke Lalonde, Greenspan, Stone Throw’s Koushik, etc.