Posts Tagged ‘Psychedelic’


Winner of the prestigious 2008 Polaris Prize and my most played album of 2008.

Heard blind, you’d never know that Andorra is the work of a musician who made some minor waves in the IDM community. While there’s plenty of evidence that contemporary electronics helped realize this music, what hits your ears first is its debt to songs that were written 40 years ago.

Opening track “Melody Day” kicks things off with a brisk beat and flute-festooned melody that the Supremes might not have minded using. The echo-laden vocals on “Sandy” remind me of the Mamas And The Papas. “Desiree’s” vocal froth flirts with the Beach Boys. And if I didn’t know better, I’d swear that Ringo Starr laid down the too-too much beats on “Eli.”

But within a minute and a half “Melody Day” also tips the hat to the fact that this record is the heir to Caribou’s 2005 release The Milk Of Human Kindness, when Dan Snaith (the only reindeer in the studio) piles the tune up against one of his trademarked drum surges. This is, after all, a performer who lets a computer play all the vocal tracks in concert while he and half his band wail away on drum kits. Elsewhere he blurs the timeline by planting some New Order-ish synths amidst the Joe Meek reverb; in a post-file-sharing world, it’s all just music, stuff to dig, hopefully digest and plow back into your own material.

Andorra is nearly as exuberant as Human Kindness, but it’s lighter, with sampled strings and flutes weaving in and out of swirling vocals that are forever mentioning some woman’s name. Despite its music-geek-pleasing period references and psychedelic density, this is ultimately a frothy pop record full of hopeful love songs. – Dusted Magazine


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Modern Guilt – Beck

29174_07_BECK_BKlt.qxdI played the shit out of this record when it came out. I haven’t listened to a lot of his early output but from what I have heard, this is probably my favorite Beck record. The album clocks in at 30 minutes but those 30 minutes are pretty damn perfect. Produced by DJ Danger Mouse, this record has an old school 60s vibe to it. It seems like Beck was influenced a bit by Caribou since the album is filled with hazy drums and beautiful melodies that Caribou is known for. My favorite from the record is the tripped out “Chemtrails” with its amazing drum outro. Check this out if you like blissed out psychedelic pop tunes with an old school vibe. If you are a big  Bob Dylan fan, you might have noticed that the album cover is an homage to Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited”. For more information about the album cover, check this out.

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This is one of those albums that consumes you.  It puts you in some sort of a hazy reverie that you never wanna break out of. Caribou (formerly known as Manitoba) aka Dan Snaith decides to take a complete U-turn after releasing the idm-esque “Start Breaking My Heart” in 2001. With Up In Flames, Caribou has gone for that warm pastoral sound that reminds you of your childhood and everything that was so great about it. It is an ode to 60’s psychedelic records with its  sun-kissed harmonies and warm pop melodies  where the tracks seamlessly blend into each other, where the vocals and the instruments are sometimes hard to pick apart since everything is engulfed in a hazy cocoon of awesomeness. Listen to the first two tracks from the album and you will know exactly know what I am talking about. The album has some sort of communal/summer-esqe vibe to it. You ever find yourself in a situation where you are trying to express how you feel about an album or what an album does for you but you can never find the correct words to express those feelings ? Well, I am in that type of situation when it comes to this album. So without rambling any further, I urge you check out this album, you wont be disappointed. I can almost guarantee it.

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