Caribou, Egyptrixx | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., April 11, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: sold out
Dan Snaith received a ton of critical acclaim for last year’s Our Love (Merge), his fourth album under the Caribou moniker. A plasmatic and prismatic collection of indie-electronic pop, the record not only includes Snaith’s most streamlined music, it’s probably his strongest work as a songwriter. It’s also his most frictionless and least adventurous album—and essentially a refinement of 2010’s Swim, which is a gutsier foray into Arthur Russell-style avant-pop awash in clacking percussion. For Snaith’s more enticing releases look no further than 2012’s Jiaolong—featuring a blend of Theo Parrish-style tech-house and bedroom IDM and representing his first release under the name Daphni—and “The Longest Mixtape,” an entertaining 1,000-song YouTube playlist he released earlier this year. Both illustrate what made Snaith’s 2000s output so thrilling: stylistic eclecticism, fractured songwriting, and most importantly, unpredictability. All of these elements are likely still present in Caribou’s live show, which unites the transcendent, futuristic drum circles of the Boredoms with the sugary melodies of 60s psych-pop and the sparkling drugginess of 90s house and techno. —Tal Rosenberg
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