BY APRIL S. ENGRAM
Electronic, dance music producer Dan Snaith has returned with his seventh album Our Love under the moniker for which he is most recognized, Caribou. His last release, 2012’s Jiaolong as Daphni, was a fast-paced, club inspired, mostly instrumental affair. In the vein of what fans expect from Caribou, Snaith has created a more laid back atmosphere with Our Love that still gets you dancing. And as one might expect from the title, Love lyrically explores the aged old conundrum of love and fragile relationships.
The 10 track album includes a few instrumentals, “Dive,”“Julia Brightly”and “Mars,”that prove not as strong as the lyrical numbers. “Second Chance”is a slow paced, pulsating R&B tinged track with guest vocals by fellow electioneer producer, songwriter Jessy Lanza. A sonic change of pace from the rest of the album, “Second Chance” is a song that stands out as it stylistically diverges from the rest of the album but is still not the highlight of Love. The best moments are those where Snaith lends his soft, nearly inaudible falsetto that gently glides with the music.
“Silver,”“All I Ever Need,”“Back Home”and “Your Love Will Set You Free”are all solid numbers. Single “Can’t Do Without You”is easily the best song on Love. Reminiscent of 2010’s “Sun”from Swim which lyrics comprised of the singular word sun, “Can’t Do Without You”is a fun, upbeat track that only includes four lines and the repeated chorus of “Can’t do without you.”It’s an equation that sounds like it should not work, yet Snaith does it again as he builds from a calm, reverbed intro before exploding with drums, keyboards and effects. The same can be said for title track “Our Love,”yet the already danceable song changes halfway and what began as a calm steady track transforms into a trance-like, upbeat dance number.
The well crafted moments within Our Love outshines the weaker numbers and makes the album a fun and danceable listen.
DOWNLOAD: “Can’t Do Without You,”“Our Love