I first heard Caribou a couple years back with his 2010 album Swim. I was immediately obsessed with the dreaminess of his deep house and techno beats.
The man behind Caribou is Dan Snaith, and this is his sixth studio album. Our Love is his fourth as Caribou (his other stages names are Manitoba and Daphni). The theme for this album is obvious: love. And like falling in love, the first track “Can’t Do Without You” will leave you breathless, as the buildup is beautifully dramatic. This is one of the best tracks on the album.
While Swim was more happily psychedelic, Our Love is much more reflective. The lyrics are thoughtful and personal with tracks like “All I Ever Need,” where we hear Snaith’s gentle voice singing “I can’t take it, the way you treat me wrong. It’s not right girl.” The first single, “Our Love,” is focused and somehow methodically groovy. “Second Chance” is another standout track, which features Jessy Lanza’s vocals. It showcases some more R&B influences with a slower beat. There are a couple of more experimental deep house tracks: “Mars,” and “Silver,” which will take some time to grow on you.
Our Love is definitely worthwhile. It’s similar to Caribou’s previous work, but also introduces a more personal side of Snaith. It’s emotionally thoughtful and straightforward, and will definitely remind you of all the kinds of love out there.
– Raquel Dreesen (Twitter @raquelmaxine)