Boomkat Product Review:
The Artist Formerly Known as Manitoba is back with a new album ('The Milk of Human Kindness'), a new name (Caribou) and a new take on the intoxicating blend of electronica and eulogistic sunshine pop that characterised his last release, 'Up In Flames'. The first single to be taken from 'The Milk of Human Kindnesss', 'Yeti' is a gloriously irreverent stomp through popular music's Hall of Fame, plundering Beach Boys' melodies, analogue modified harpsichord and a wonderfully relentless set of agitated metronome strings. Caribou (aka Dan Snaith) provides vocals; a half heard lament to some partially seen threat which is lent a real sense of urgency by the thundering introduction of an armada of Gene Krupa, gunshot precision beats and a whole box of aural trickery. Backed up by two exclusive, non-album tracks, 'The Spiritually Immature Mansion' is a restrained set of taut, organic Four Tet-esque beats and faraway vocal samples whilst 'Boreal Forest Opper' is an eight minute drugged and weightless journey through a Wicker Man, psychedelic landscape (albeit this time with a happy ending). The Manitoba is dead, long live the Caribou!