On his first two full-length releases and a handful of CD singles and live recordings, Dan Snaith had established himself as a rather well-informed and astute purveyor of Psychedelic Pop as he transformed it into his own unique brand of one-man-laptop bravado. Snaith’s releases are located in record store bins and on that interweb thingie under “C” for Caribou (he had earlier releases under his original appellation, Manitoba, but a threatened lawsuit by the Dictators’ frontman forced the change).
But when it came time to begin work on new material to follow up 2008’s Andorra, the only certainty was that Snaith didn’t want to re-create that same sound.
“Andorra was kind of the logical conclusion of the albums preceding it, and I felt like I had done everything I could do with those kind of ideas, so I wanted to do something that was a radical departure,” Snaith says about the album that eventually became Swim, his third Caribou long-player, released back in April. “A lot of the tracks on this record were influenced by Dance music. I was DJing more, and playing the songs in DJ sets, seeing how they sounded over PAs and seeing how people reacted to them. That’s not something that I’d ever done before.”
Caribou plays the MidPoint Music Festival Friday with Enlou and The Seedy Seeds under Grammer's Topic Design Tent.
Go here to read Brian Baker's full interview with Snaith.
Get all the MidPoint Music Festival details here, including band descriptions, daily schedules, venue and shuttle bus maps and ticketing options.