Caribou

Caribou - AndorraCaribou is the brainchild of Daniel Snaith. Andorra is his latest release in 2007. His music has a sound to it most similar to 60’s and early 70’s pop music, but with a weird kind of trippy twist. It’s hard to describe. My usual player that I would have on the right side isn’t there because the album isn’t available on Lala yet, blast! You can preview the album on Amazon by clicking here, or on iTunes here.

I saw Caribou live in Orlando at The Social in 2008, and they were fantastic. They perform with two drum sets on stage. At times when the songs built up progressively, Snaith, sat down at the second drum set, got all ready, and then unleashed on the drums in concert with the main drummer. I’m not sure who that was, because Snaith records the albums in his studio by himself, then tours with a band.

Anyway, the album is incredible, and most likely different than any you may have heard before. Check it out at those links above, and watch these videos.

First is the album’s opening track, Melody Day. This one has a real strong 60’s pop feel to it. Speaking of melody, you may notice that he recorded his vocals on the same pitch four times I believe. That gives it a cool feel.

Next is Irene, the second-to-last track on the album. This one has a kind of low-battery-Walkman sound to it with the pitch wavering a bit. The synthesized drum beat and quiet vocals give the song a real light breezy feel that often sends chills down my back.

And here is the final track, Niobe. The album gradually escapes anything normal, and ends on this track. I love it. I can’t quite put my finger on why it is so great. The best activity to do during this song is spacing out I believe.

Now, if you’re still with me, and find yourself loving this music, like I do, here is a bonus little mini documentary. Daniel talks about some of his inspiration and recording methods for the album. It’s pretty cool stuff.

The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

This is my review for Embryonic. To start you off, here is the flash player from the Lips’ website. Go ahead, rub the fur, and start listening to audible candy.

The latest album by The Flaming Lips, called Embryonic, is everything I was hoping for and more. The first six tracks are good Lips style rock with a couple mild tracks in there. It’s a great start. Then comes track seven, Gemini Syringes. This is where I feel the album cranks up the awesome dial. It’s a great transition song from the first part of the album to the remainder. From here on out, turn up the volume to 11.

The sounds from here on out remind me of some of Pink Floyd’s early departure from their original not-quite-pop sounding stuff. Listen to A Saucerful of Secrets and you’ll hear what I mean.

This is The Flaming Lips at their very best. My favorite tracks to play at near eardrum blowing volume are The Ego’s Last Stand and Worm Mountain. Give the fur a rub to check those ones out!

It’s a great album, and to end it off, here’s Wayne Coyne talking about all the packaging options.