Ibifornia

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Ibifornia
Cassius - Ibifornia.png
Studio album by
Released26 August 2016 (2016-08-26)
GenreElectronic
Label
Cassius chronology
15 Again
(2006)
Ibifornia
(2016)
Dreems
(2019)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.6/10[2]
Metacritic65/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Clash5/10[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
The Irish Times3/5 stars[6]
Loud and Quiet3/10[7]
Mixmag8/10[8]
The Observer3/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork5.9/10[10]
PopMatters5/10 stars[11]
Record Collector3/5 stars[12]

Ibifornia is the fourth studio album by French electronic duo Cassius. It was released on 26 August 2016.

There is this theory about the tonality of songs – that it's easiest to make a sad song, because working with minor chord is easier. That’s why techno is so depressing. So our challenge was to make fun electronic music without making it cheesy.

— Cassius on the bright and joyful feel of Ibifornia[13]

Composition[edit]

Cassius were inspired to produce an album with a bright, happy tone by their experiences of listening to the Bob Marley & the Wailers album Exodus (1977).[13] Their intention with Ibifornia was to create a "fun electronic music without making it cheesy", due to the abundance of dark and depressing electronic dance music popular at the time.[13] In coming up with a cheerful vibe for the LP, they decided that it would take place in a fantasy utopia land named Ibifornia.[13]

Cassius and the press release categorized the style of Ibifornia as a hybrid of funk, house, soul, Afrobeat, synthpop, psychedelia, hip hop, gospel and disco.[13][14]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Missing" (featuring Ryan Tedder and Jaw)
4:14
2."Love Parade" (featuring Mike D)5:29
3."Action" (featuring Cat Power and Mike D)
  • Zdar
  • Boombass
  • Cat Power
  • Diamond
8:56
4."Go Up" (featuring Cat Power and Pharrell Williams)
5:32
5."Ibifornia"
  • Zdar
  • Boombass
8:44
6."Hey You!" (featuring Ryan Tedder)
  • Zdar
  • Boombass
  • Tedder
  • Jenner
3:40
7."Feel Like Me" (featuring Cat Power)
  • Zdar
  • Boombass
  • Cat Power
  • Tedder
5:05
8."Blue Jean Smile" (featuring John Gourley)
  • Zdar
  • Boombass
  • Jenner
  • Gourley
4:02
9."The Sound of Love" (featuring Jaw)
  • Zdar
  • Boombass
  • Jaw
4:49
10."Ponce"
  • Zdar
  • Boombass
5:45

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 44
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 187
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 59
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 159

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  2. ^ "Ibifornia by Cassius reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ Jeffries, David. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  4. ^ Wasserman, Milo (19 July 2016). "Cassius – Ibifornia". Clash. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (25 August 2016). "Cassius: Ibifornia review – funky pop, sunshine and cliches". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ Carroll, Jim (23 June 2016). "Cassius – Ibifornia album review: house grooves with excitement and euphoria". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ Walton, Sam (June 2016). "Cassius, 'Ibifornia' – Album review". Loud and Quiet. Archived from the original on 22 June 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  8. ^ "June: 18 albums you need to hear this month". Mixmag. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  9. ^ Empire, Kitty (26 June 2016). "Cassius: Ibifornia review – squelchy tunes pack summer sunshine". The Observer. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  10. ^ Sherburne, Phillip (26 August 2016). "Cassius: Ibifornia Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. ^ Carr, Paul (26 October 2016). "Cassius: Ibifornia". PopMatters. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  12. ^ Goldsmith, Mike. "Cassius – Ibifornia". Record Collector. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e Halls, Eleanor (22 August 2016). "Finally, electronic music that will actually make you want to dance". GQ. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  14. ^ Adams, Gregory (20 May 2016). "Cassius "Ibifornia"". Exclaim!. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Cassius – Ibifornia" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Cassius – Ibifornia" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Cassius – Ibifornia" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Cassius – Ibifornia". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Cassius – Ibifornia". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  20. ^ Chart Log UK: "CLUK Update 3.09.2016 (wk35)". UK Albums Chart. Zobbel.de. Retrieved 18 September 2016.