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Swim (Merge)


I was ecstatic when Dan Snaith, AKA Caribou, finally received long-overdue attention when he took the Polaris Prize for his album Andorra, two years ago. His work (especially his jaw-dropping, double drum attack, multimedia live shows as Caribou and Manitoba) has been drooled over by music junkies and critics for years, yet he always existed in near-total obscurity. But Polaris was premature: Andorra was great. Swim is a masterpiece. Combining elements he explored on its predecessor (namely the more upfront vocal layering) with hardcore hypnotic dance club grooves and his trademark ingenious sound explorations, Snaith has once again created an adventurous yet thoroughly accessible album that, like contemporaries Four Tet and Odd Nosdam, continues to push apart creative boundaries.

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