• June 1, 2010
  • Caribou

  • Heaven, London

    Published by The Fly

    Dan Snaith has amassed a dedicated following through relentless gigging and a consistently strong studio output. His albums have garnered significant praise on both sides of the Atlantic, albeit mostly in the specialist press. The most recent Caribou longplayer has once again received considerable critical acclaim, although on this occasion the net seems to have spread a little wider. ‘Swim’ is indeed a fantastic listen, a coherent assortment of delicate techno mantras and meticulously constructed ambient movements. It’s somewhat different to the psychedelic acoustic tuneage featured on the Polaris Prize-winning ‘Andorra’, but still retains Snaith’s instantly identifiable trademark sound; a beautiful kaleidoscopic blend of rich sonic textures and subtle vocals.

    Tonight’s sold out show at legendary London club Heaven marks a significant step up in the size of venue at which the live outfit usually performs. The tried and tested combination of four players is utilised perfectly, with Snaith himself effortlessly swapping between drums, synths and guitar. And lest we forget the reliably excellent visuals we’ve come to expect at a Caribou gig – the huge stage projections providing a phenomenal accompaniment to the musical adventures on stage.

    The set is perfectly structured, understandably leaning heavily towards the most recent output, but also including most of the highlights from ‘Andorra’. The group displays true musical skill in executing the live arrangements, notably different from the album and brought to life with a commanding energy. The whole spectacle flawlessly straddles the fine line between improvisation and preparation, both elements contributing to a performance approaching perfection.

    Tonight’s live show is as well executed as a music fan is likely to witness. Snaith has stepped up to larger venues with aplomb and one can only hope that his growing reputation continues to spread beyond those who are already aware of his considerable talent.