The road between Dan Snaith’s completely different musical aliases has all the time been fairly clear minimize. As Caribou, his principal gig since 2005, he’s tackled an expansive mixture of psychedelic soundscaping and wistful home music; as Daphni, he seems stripped-down, sample-heavy membership tracks. You’d be unlikely to mistake one for the opposite. However final month when Snaith dropped “Home,” the primary new Caribou music in 5 years, it seemed like possibly his wires had gotten crossed: Constructed atop a juicy loop of ’60s soul, the music sounded deeply knowledgeable by Daphni’s penchant for making funk and disco edits.
With “You and I,” although, the pendulum swings again to a sound and temper that’s quintessentially Caribou. The synths are pillowy and brightly coloured; the crisp drumbeat toggles between ’80s new wave and a sort of slow-motion electro; and Snaith’s melancholy falsetto sounds higher than ever. The entire thing is a feast of contrasting tones and textures, proper right down to an sudden bridge that geese right into a kind of trap-adjacent aspect door for eight playful bars. The manufacturing is so vivid that it would take a number of listens to acknowledge the damage on the coronary heart of the music. Snaith has sung about loss earlier than, however on “You and I” absence assumes a stark new kind as he grapples with the aftermath of a liked one’s passing. It’s probably the most susceptible he has ever sounded. As he strikes past the house-adjacent type of 2014’s Our Love, Caribou is getting into new emotional terrain, too.