About a year ago, Caribou mastermind Dan Snaith couldn't swim. On a good day, he might get a decent doggy paddle going but, really, he could barely stay afloat. All that changed when his wife got him swimming lessons for Christmas. "Then I became completely obsessed with it and now I swim constantly," he says. "The only times I really left the house in the past year were either to go out to a club late at night or, in the middle of making music during the day, I'd go to swim every day. It was important to get some distance, and ideas would percolate around in my head as I was swimming away. So it seemed like a theme that was appropriate."
With its absorption of club culture sounds weaved within subtle pop frameworks, Swim is Caribou's masterpiece-the record he's wanted to bring to fruition for as long as he's been making music. A Canadian from small-town Ontario now based in England, Snaith has been a leading figure in electronic music over the past decade. A mathematics scholar and an ingenious multi-instrumentalist/composer, he surprised critics and fans with 2007's Andorra, a brilliant, electro-tinged pop breakthrough with a timeless grace that made most year-end "Best of" lists and won Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize. After the startling infectiousness of Andorra, Swim is a more complex, multi-layered affair-ripe with fascinating rhythms, instrumentation, and vocals (including those of Born Ruffians' Luke Lalonde, who appears on "Jamelia")-that becomes more alluring with each listen. And it's got Caribou floating.
"The real substance of the sound of the record for me is this idea of making dance music that consists of liquid elements," Snaith explains. "Rather than sounding metallic and rigid, everything is washing around you while you're listening to it - from one ear to another - but also the pitch is oscillating up and down, and each instrument is going in and out of tune with everything else. Sounds are emerging and disappearing, like everything is made out of water. Dance music is very much associated with very crisp, metallic, clean sounds. I like this idea of dance music that just washes around with fluidity." "I feel like it's the most 'me' album that I've made," Snaith continues. "In the past, oftentimes part of the excitement of making music for me was hearing someone else's music-some long-forgotten record from the past-and deciphering how to make those sounds and incorporate those ideas into something of my own. This record is much less a product of its influences. I think this is the record that I'm most proud of because it's the most 'me' in the way things sound; I feel like I have my own vocabulary now. So much of contemporary music is soaked in referencing this or that. I wanted people to put the record on and not be able to say, 'This sounds like so- and- so.' I want people to say, 'This sounds like Dan!' It's what everybody wants-to have their fingerprint on the music they're making. I feel like I've achieved that to a greater extent than I have in the past, and that's exciting."
Biography by Contactmusic.com
D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join headliners Billy Joel and Mumford & Sons.
More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.
Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.
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Ride and The Strokes will be joined by The Black Keys, Patti Smith, The Replacements and more.
Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.
Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.
Continue reading: The 15th Anniversary Line-Up For Primavera Sound Is Finally Here!
Coldplay pull a "Beyoncé" and y'know what, it's not bad at all.
Coldplay have suddenly and unexpectedly released a brand new single, 'Midnight,' and accompanying music video which launched on YouTube today. The first signs of an announcement came when the British band wrote the cryptic tweet "Something new at 0:00 in Ulaanbaatar #midnight PH," seemingly referring to the capital city of Mongolia.
Coldplay Have Pulled A Beyoncé, Releasing New Single 'Midnight' Unexpectedly.
It didn't take fans long to work out how to research time zones to learn when to check Twitter again for more news from the band. Sure enough, a couple of hours afterwards, the band tweeted: "Here is the video for our new song, Midnight. http://youtu.be/BQeMxWjpr-Y " and lo! the people were given 'Midnight,' Coldplay's new single.
There'll be more indie talent than you can shake a stick at, at the Jabberwocky festival.
The line-up has been announced for the first ever Jabberwocky festival, which will be held in London's ExCel Centre, the venue of many an Olympic triumph in 2012. Folk act Neutral Milk Hotel, the electro-pop Caribou and shoegaze metallers Deafheaven will be the main draws to the 2-day event but a host of niche and rarely-seen indie acts including Connan Mockasin, Hookworms and Electric Wizard means that Jabberwocky will be one for the connoisseurs.
Rare UK Performances From Bands Like Caribou Will Unite The Indie Masses At Jabberwocky.
True, held in a gigantic, sterile exhibition centre with the ominous loom of the £5 pint, Jabberwocky won't exactly be a hedonistic celebration under the stars and with a curfew appropriate to a festival in the middle of a city, it's not going to be Burning Man either.
Revenge is sometimes best served cold and sometimes in a river of blood a la Kill Bill, however for one Radiohead fan, revenge is best served by selling your ex's gig tickets and advertising them exclusively available for attractive women.
The unnamed Radiohead fan decided to sell his ex-girlfriend's tickets having found out that she had cheated on him with two other men during their three year relationship. He states that “It is therefore necessary that the people purchasing these tickets be attractive females that will pose in flirty photos with us at the [...]gig.” The seller finished the advertisement stating that “Sex after the concert is optional but encouraged.”
This kind of online revenge is becoming more and more commonplace. The days of tyre-slashers and bunny boilers are over, and there are now websites dedicated to wreaking revenge on your ex or whomsoever you deem to deserve it. However, of course, you can take on a personal project as parents of a One Direction fan did, who also chose to sell their kid's tickets online after having caught them smoking, reports Stere0board.com.
Continue reading: Radiohead Fan Takes Revenge On Ex-Girlfriend, Via Gumtree