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Introducing Dan Snaith

Part #3

Introducing Dan Snaith

14-10-2012 | 11.07

Niobe was on Andorra and Andorra was sixties pop. But sixties pop and its wildest and warmest –   even in the sixties they didn't make it as warm as this. This made music journalists call them the new Beach Boys. And Dan Snaith didn't like that. And in a way he was right, it was lazy to define Caribou by this. It was 2007 when both Animal Collective, who released Strawberry Jam that year, and Caribou were declared the new Beach Boys, though the were both also heavily inspired by, let's say, The Zombies, J. Dilla and Pantha du Prince. The journalists shoulded have known, that Dan never does one thing at a time, so also not playing Beach Boy. Dan Snaith got his PHD in mathematics and, according to himself, he is also a good ping pong player. And at De Helling he also told us that he just took trampoline jumping lessons to become really good at it.

So after Andorra no sixties pop anymore, but dance. Of course this is rubbish in a way: you can also dance (rave, if you like) to Andorra, and at Swim, Caribou's most recent album, are enough harmonious pop records, Odessa for example. In a way Swim fits every moment: in the car, during cooking, at afterparties, as a soundtrack for breakfast or one your bike in the rain. Or Sun sun sun in the sun. Maybe this is why their last album made them ten times as famous, because it fits everything and everyone.  And of course because Dan was the hardest working man in showbusiness again: he played more then 300 shows in a year, during the Swim tour. And every show they got better. I did see them four times during their tour, amongst a show as the Caribou Vibration Ensemble. I saw them playing as Caribou in Paradiso, 2011, and it was so perfect that it go almost terrifying, and still their show as Vibration Ensemble in Gent was even better. A lot of things went wrong on stage (it was almost completely improvised), but it was wilder than everything I had seen before. The Vibration Ensemble consisted of Caribou, Yeasayer's drummer, a few drunk blowers, Four Tet and Caribou - like everything all togehter.

But in Trouw Dan will be playing as Daphni. So that's Dan alone, playing records. And please don't call him Caribou, Manitoba or Dan Snaith that night; it is the Daphni tour, so he should be called Daphni.

Text: Luc Mastenbroek