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With Swim the smart Dan Snaith confirms what we knew all along, and that is  that he can reinvent himself in any new movement without losing his position.
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Well, after Four Tet and excellent There Is Love In You Dan Snaith as well cast stealthy glances at the dancefloor with his new album Swim. The Canadian mathematician leaves behind him the fragile pop psychedelia (Up In Flames, Andorra), I DM electronica  of the first years (Start Breaking My Heart),  and  of kraut minimalism (The Milk of Human Kindness) and validates any glory that we know for some time now, that he can with  his every movement reinvent himself without losing his position at all.


The record, we read, was recorded at the studio of Jeremy Greenspan (the Junior Boys ) and as Snaith says himself in interviews, is influenced by the water and its sounds. So in many places he is trying to imitate sounds of rain, the immersion in water, the sea breeze etc and doing anything to justify this title. A hybrid sound that includes dancing bit, insightful compositions and improvisations, serene vocals and it sounds as robust as the previous work. Caribou looks to me like he is trying to reduce the inherent tendency of the melody, destroying  it using loud sounds, sometimes as in normal type Odessa and other more compelling, such as Leave House .


Snaith, as noted above, can demonstrate his talent, either when he dives into Kraut  minimalism, or the psychedelic pop, and even when he makes IDM. Calm as ever, he puts something of Arthur Russell on vocals, guitar turbulence, simple dance beats and free jazz improvisations in a mixer. All the above are perceived immediately with the first notes of amazing funky Odessa and the hypertrophic basslines, one of the year's best single. Then drifted to the mantra of the Sun ( Sun, Sun ), with characteristic of the singing synthesizer, a wonderful hypnotic psych groove. Later, you stand with your mouth open at the sound of metal ringing of the principle of Bowls, a haunted tale with fairies (harp) and dragons (Tibetan bowls).


After playfully - ala Aphex Twin - loop of Hannibal, the record culminates with the shocking Jamelia, the most ambitious, unfinished anthem of Swim, a psychedelic frenzy with the participation of Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians' vocal and dramatic invocation "What more could I do?". Definitely one of the Records of the Year .

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