Oh hi, I’m in love with music again.
Caribou, sweet jesus! No seriously, sweet jesus. I was talking to Ian yesterday about how I haven’t been really, truly obsessed with a band since Wolf Parade in 2005. Obsession where it becomes the soundtrack to a period of your life, and your memories of that time are inextricable from the music. Sure there has been amazing music that I’ve loved, but I listen to it pretty intensely for a very brief period of time (days, maybe a couple of weeks, tops), and then… I kind of forget about it. Even forget that I heard it at all. It doesn’t ingrain itself into my waking and sleeping moments for months on end.
I’m sure we’ve all been disillusioned with music, but when you’re working on a music-related start-up it starts to feel like a really pathetic existential quandary.
I discovered Caribou on NPR’s All Songs Considered, one of my favorite podcasts. (Check NPR music‘s pretty awesome redesign.) Definitely my longest-running subscription to a podcast. I’ve found so much awesome new music through that show. I was immediately taken by Dan Snaith’s voice and the ethereal intersection of genres. (The dude has a Ph.D. in math.) It’s got the sun-drenched sound of ’60s psychedelia with weird quirky IDM production and the somber quiet of Yo La Tengo at times. It’s postmodern in all the ways postmodern can really, actually work. EW, I’m an awful music writer, but whatever, that’s what the “mp3″ part of “mp3 blog” is for. Have a listen.
Caribou – Sandy. Check the dripping ’60s goodness.
Caribou – Niobe. Boards of Canada and trancey builds.
I just bought tickets to see him at the end of the month! I’m so so so excited!