The music industry has always had the ability to create stars overnight, coming off the back of one track or album, and for most, it’s short lived. Then there’s artists who remain at the top for decades, with no sudden burst of fame or fortune, who possess an authentic appreciation from fans that never dwindles or fails to ignite. Names like Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Hot Chip, and of course Caribou. The Canadian producer has now released five studio albums under the Caribou guise, with his most
recent coming just days ago. Following the 2014 release of his Our Love LP, the new record which is titled Suddenly welcomes his return to Berlin’s City Slang label for 12-tracks of well-produced, harmonising electronica. While it may be difficult to replicate the success of Can’t Do With You off his last album, which is about to pass 50,000,000 plays on Spotify, tracks on this record such as You and I, Never Come Back and Home certainly have the potential of reaching a mainstream audience, with the latter already having over 6,000,000 Spotify streams. As a whole, Suddenly seems perfectly fitting for a soundtrack to your next late night drive, or a sun-inspired road trip playlist – outside of the more experimental or downtempo cuts like Sister, Filtered Grand Piano and Cloud Song. And while only two or three tracks will likely touch millions, the album as a whole will be appreciated by real Caribou fans for years to come.
Where to start:
‘You and I’ – Romancing synth work with uplifting vocal hooks
‘Lime’ – Mellow ambience and infectiously rhythmic melodies
‘Home’ – Multi-genre, sample heavy and beat driven
Previous from Caribou:
Our Love LP (2014, City Slang)
Swim LP (2010, City Slang)
If you like this then check out:
Four Tet – New Energy LP (2017, Text Records)
Hot Chip – A Bath Full Of Ecstasy LP (2019, Domino)
Caribou – Suddenly LP is out now on City Slang.