“ For a long time there was a kind of taboo, after the… ‘Paul Simon-isation’ of world music or something. That took a little while for people to be able to be enthusiastic about, without feeling like they were going to WOMAD fest or something.
Dan Snaith talking about sounds influencing a new Caribou album in the works.
Milk of Human Kindness, Andorra and Swim all made my top 10 in their year of release (the earlier Manitoba stuff is great too, obvs, but a tad undercooked to my taste). I guess I’m well set up for a letdown, huh? Nah, not worried. With most “indie” artists in 2012, a sudden interest in “world” music can be a troubling development deserving of more skepticism than music writers usually bring to it. But Snaith’s always been generous with sounds and bold about taking risks. Andorra’s structured-psych-pop move felt really significant and transcendent after Milk—and not even remotely like a bid for greater accessibility. And Swim’s best track, “Jemelia,” with its steel drums and blue-eyed soul croon could have been a cultural-appropriation disaster instead of the delicious drug it is. It helps that Snaith’s brilliant at structuring really complex and elaborate tracks, but in the end it’s about confidence and conviction. Trend-hoppers rarely have either.