Dan Snaith's Caribou never really did if for me. Sure, it was technically superb and often brilliant, but like most indie music from the past decade, is lacking in the gonads department. If I were to dust off my old literature edjamacation, I'd describe it as "Apollonian," meaning it appeals to our more cerebral nature. Enter Daphni, Snaith's latest incarnation, also technically excellent, but now with the kind of ecstatic Dionysian stones you need to make it on the dance floor.
"During the time I was making the Caribou album Swim, I’d fallen back in love with moments in small, dark clubs when a DJ puts on a piece of music that not only can you not identify, but that until you heard it you could not have conceived of existing," says Snaith. It was this energy that inspired him to begin work on tracks under the Daphni moniker, which he describes as "rough and spontaneous," and "capturing the manic energy needed to start a track one afternoon, have it finished, and be playing it in a club that night.”
Despite touring the globe with Radiohead throughout 2012, Snaith somehow found the time to prep his first full-length release as Daphni, building considerable anticipation amongst those of us who fell in love with the single "Ye Ye" and Snaith's mix of Cos-Ber-Zam's "Né Noya," which was allegedly a massive hit in Togo in the 1970s.
Jiaolong (pronounced "jow-long") is due out Oct. 9 in North America.
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on Jul 26, 2012