Wednesday, December 31, 2014

top 10 albums of the year: #2


Caribou - Our Love

There were a couple of times after placing Caribou's album on my record player (the immediacy of vinyl is the best way to hear it) that took my breath away--the mushrooming synths on "Silver" and the gauzy R&B ice castle "Second Chance." And then there's the lovely melancholy slow burn of "Back Home" and the title track, as well as the driving, repetitive "Can't Do Without You" (my #1 single of '14).  All in all, a cohesive, blissful and haunting tapestry of electronica.

"In the beginning, I had a different idea of what the record was gonna be. I was excited by the hyper synthetic-sounding, glossy, digital sounds of R&B and hip hop production of the last few years, and I thought that the record was gonna be much more like that: transparent-sounding, super polished, super unreal. With tracks like "Dive," and a couple of other places, you can still hear it.

"But alongside that was a desire to make the most personal, most connected thing that I’d made, and I found it really hard to square those two things together. In retrospect, I was actually listening to more classic soul music, like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Curtis Mayfield with my daughter when I was just hanging out with her. That’s what warmed the record up." -Caribou

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