Suddenly - (Merge)
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The music Dan Snaith makes as Caribou is always changing shape, but it could hardly be described as �sudden� most of the time. His songs tend to bloom and unfurl themselves in more subtle ways, gradually introducing new details into their elastic grooves until they become unrecognizable from where they started out. But on Suddenly, Snaith revels in the unexpected: choruses explode, abrupt transitions abound, samples blip in and out of the mix before you can even register them. Even the record�s genre is in a constant state of flux, darting between bubbly house, slinky R&B, dusty boom bap beats, and more.
But this jumbled range of sounds does little to disguise the album�s raw emotional core; if anything, it adds to it, reflecting the restlessness of Snaith�s own life following various deaths and births in his family. Despite the music�s endless twists, his honest, plainspoken lyrics ensure that the magnitude of his love and grief come through loud and clear. Suddenly is the culmination of over 20 years of tinkering, experimenting, and pure creativity�proof that the most profound inspiration can come out of nowhere.
By Ben Woodhouse
Weeks at no.1: Apr 14, 2020 |