Dan Snaith first made waves as Manitoba but soon had to change his name after being threatened with a lawsuit by Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, a punk rock veteran with a Sirius XM Radio show. He continued making music as Caribou, releasing the unforgettable The Milk of Human Kindness in 2005. Though both Manitoba albums were adored by tastemakers including Pitchfork and PopMatters, The Milk of Human Kindness felt like the peak.
Then Swim happened. As Snaith began to book DJ gigs with regularity, he embraced dance music, incorporating elements of house and techno into Swim. In return, the dance music community fully embraced his music; fans turned out in droves to see him perform, and sites like Resident Advisor and Mixmag began trumpeting his achievements.
And yet Caribou’s latest album, Our Love, is already his most successful to date. Released last week, it debuted at #8 in the UK’s Official Albums Chart. On his Facebook fan page, Snaith wrote, “‘Our Love’ is #8 in the UK album charts! What?!? Thank you so much to everyone (everywhere) who bought it or has supported me over the years!” The album is a beautiful continuation of Snaith’s catalog: it continues to explore the dance influences he started toying with a few years ago, and it extends the conversation started on previous albums by discussing love in a thoughtful, reflective manner. Our Love is out now via Merge/City Slang.