Repress of Caribou's mindblowing 2005 opus, The Milk Of Human Kindness, available once again since the last repress in 2013 sold out as soon as it hit the floor. A gripping and joyful romp through folk, rock and psychedelia, all imbued with Snaith's trademark electronic melodicism.
'Yeti' displays perfectly why Caribou have endured for so long, and continue to confound expectations to this day : brilliantly anthemic, but forged through a clashing of textures and styles brought together with a deftness rarely seen in today's electronic music landscape. Hefty percussion underpins the luxy keys and clanging chimes, all graced with a smoothly delivered but satisfyingly gritty vocal performance. There are (relatively) ambient interludes littered throughout the collection, the jazzy keys of 'A Final Warning' starting inauspiciously before breaking down into a haze of psychedelic drone and fizzling synths, much like the classic-rock vibes of the shamefully brief cut-up snippets of 'Drumheller'.
'Pelican' has definite hints of (Snaith's mate) Four-Tet with it's truncated samples and jazzy flourishes, satisfyingly crunchy loops and hip-hop percussives, while 'Hello Hammerhead' expertly mines the ground laid by folk-rock luminaries Simon & Garfunkel et. al, but with a modern touch, brittle crackles and heady looping accentuating the woozy harmonies and hazy atmospherics.
A classic, and a must have for any collection.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says:
One of Caribou's best outings to date sees an engrossing and skillful mix of folk, electronica and classic rock, brought together with Snaith's deft ear for melody and pitch-perfect production. Grab it before it goes again!
A3. A Final Warning
A4. Lord Leopard
B1. Hands First
B2. Hello Hammerheads
B3. Brahminy Kite
B5. Pelican Narrows