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Caribou: Swim (Domino)

This album sort of startled me when I put it on. Had Dan Snaith finally succumbed to trends and created a mediocre dance album? At a glance that was how it struck me, but upon further listen this is a hugely infectious album that, while yes, tied to a more disco groove, is still mired in the smoky psychedelia that he’s been exploring since his second album Up In Flames (back before he got litigated out of the name Manitoba). But it’s actually quite exciting to hear him reframe some of his gestures, textures and moods within a more dancefloor-accessible paradigm. There are no clear standouts for me, just a nicely even collection of tracks that straddle at-home listening and dancefloor potential.

Watch/listen: “Odessa”