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Caribou - Suddenly (Album Review)

Friday, 06 March 2020 Written by Helen Payne

‘Suddenly’ is a nod towards the unexpected changes that life throws at you. Where Caribou’s 2014 album ‘Our Love’ took a deep dive into thoughts of settling down with family, children and idyllic domesticity, sharpening Dan Snaith’s style and use of melody into comprehensible thoughts, here on his fifth LP we are faced with more abstract notions of how life can, and will, change around you to lead you where you need to be.

The record utilises the speed and unexpectedness of its title to create one of Snaith’s most diverse albums yet. This swiftness in changing timbres, tones and textures defines the LP, yet each song manages to keep things coherent thanks to the signature style that he has honed diligently over the last two decades.

From psychedelic detours to all-out club bangers, Snaith finds his way around a mixture of genres across ‘Suddenly’.

Like I Loved You’s guitar line has the wholesome feel of Bibio’s ‘Ambivalence Avenue’ while its bass and drum lines simultaneously fall firmly into 1990s R&B. Ravi, meanwhile, takes on the euphoric fun of a Lemon Jelly track while also channelling joyous house notes.

Elsewhere, Never Come Back’s off-beat synths amount to a club-friendly number that will please both chart-worshippers and techno-heads, and Home puts a warm, modern spin on ‘70s soul singer Gloria Barnes’ song of the same name.

Snaith mixes these styles throughout the record in a way that’s completely and undoubtedly Caribou, with his lingering falsetto whispering with vulnerability on individual tracks as a perfect analogy to complement some of the LP’s themes. 

Grief, family and romantic love are all on Snaith’s mind, with the track names like You and I, Sister, Like I Love You and Home clearly signifying how close the album is to him. ‘Suddenly’ is a record that changes all the time. But that’s kind of what life does to you, right? Sudden and unexpected changes in a relationship, a career or a family somehow all work in unison in a sort of fateful way, and sometimes it works out in the end.

Caribou Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Mon March 30 2020 - BRIGHTON Brighton Dome
Wed April 01 2020 - LIVERPOOL Invisible Wind Factory
Thu April 02 2020 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Fri April 03 2020 - MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse
Sat April 04 2020 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Sun April 05 2020 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Mon April 06 2020 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Tue April 07 2020 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Sat July 11 2020 - DUBLIN Iveagh Gardens

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