Swim (Caribou album)

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Swim
Caribou - Swim.jpg
Studio album by Caribou
Released 20 April 2010 (2010-04-20)
Studio Bryn Derwen Studio, Wales
Pistachio Studio, Hamilton, Ontario
Genre
Length 43:17
Label
Producer Dan Snaith
Caribou chronology
Andorra
(2007)Andorra2007
Swim
(2010)
Jiaolong
(2012)Jiaolong2012
Singles from Swim
  1. "Odessa"
    Released: 25 January 2010

Swim is the fifth album by Canadian mathematician and composer Dan Snaith, released on 20 April 2010 by City Slang and Merge. It is the third album credited under Caribou and deviates from the psychedelic pop and took influences from various kinds of electronic dance music, especially deep house and minimal techno.

The album was, according to Snaith, "pretty much me getting up every day and wanting to work on music. Working constantly on it. Making loads and loads and loads of music and then just sifting through to find the bits that I like".[1] Playing more DJ gigs, such as those at London's Plastic People, influenced the musician to embrace dance music and a greater range of frequencies in his music, which led to the formulation of Swim. Nevertheless, about 700 songs, some unfinished, didn't make it onto the album. [2]

The album continued the critical success set by Snaith and was critically acclaimed upon its release, with some reviewers putting the album onto some end-of-year lists. The album opener, "Odessa", was also featured in some commercials and the video game FIFA 11. It was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far by Pitchfork in August 2014.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 83/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club A−[6]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
Mojo 4/5 stars[9]
NME 8/10[10]
Pitchfork 8.4/10[11]
Q 4/5 stars[12]
Spin 8/10[13]
Uncut 4/5 stars[14]

The album received critical acclaim from critics, being assigned a Metascore of 83 by Metacritic. It was a shortlisted nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize,[15] and was named the Best Album of 2010 by Resident Advisor.[16] The album also won the Juno Award in 2010 for Best Electronic Album of the Year and was awarded the second spot in Exclaim!'s 2010 Electronic Year in Review. Daniel Sylvester of Exclaim! praised the organic nature of the album, claiming "Caribou will be remembered for Swim."[17]

As of 2011. in US it has sold 33,803 copies. [18] As of 2015 it has sold 175,000 copies worldwide according to Independent Music Companies Association. [19]

Publications ranking Swim on their end-of-year lists included:

The first track on the album, "Odessa", was featured in a commercial for the automobile manufacturer Acura, the football video game by EA Sports, FIFA 11, as well as in a 2011 Lexus CT 200h commercial, and a 2012 Tissot commercial for watches.[20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Odessa" 5:15
2. "Sun" 5:44
3. "Kaili" 4:41
4. "Found Out" 3:18
5. "Bowls" 6:20
6. "Leave House" 5:11
7. "Hannibal" 6:14
8. "Lalibela" 2:25
9. "Jamelia" (features vocals by Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians[21]) 3:58
Total length: 43:17

Swim Remixes, a compilation of remixes from the album, was released in 2010 by Merge Records and features remixes by artists such as Junior Boys, Fuck Buttons, and Nite Jewel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malitz, David (7 May 2010). "Dan Snaith of Caribou brings energy to music and mathematics". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-10-06/music/caribou-s-dan-snaith-aims-to-ignite-the-dancefloor/
  3. ^ "The Top 100 albums of 2010-2014". 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Swim by Caribou". Metacritic. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Swim – Caribou". AllMusic. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (August 5, 2011). "Caribou: Swim". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ Burrows, Tim (16 April 2010). "Caribou, Swim, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Costa, Maddy (15 April 2010). "Caribou: Swim". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Caribou: Swim". Mojo (198): 96. May 2010. 
  10. ^ Denney, Alex (April 16, 2010). "Album Review: Caribou - 'Swim' (City Slang)". NME. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (April 20, 2010). "Caribou: Swim". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Caribou: Swim". Q (286): 120. May 2010. 
  13. ^ Boylan, J. Gabriel (April 12, 2010). "Caribou, 'Swim' (Merge)". Spin. Archived from the original on January 25, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Caribou: Swim". Uncut (156): 85. May 2010. 
  15. ^ Thompson, Ciaran (20 September 2010). "Karkwa win 2010 Polaris Music Prize". Aux. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  16. ^ Top 20 Albums of 2010 [1] - 15 Dec 2010
  17. ^ Daniel Sylvester [Exclaim! 2010 Electronic Year in Review [2]
  18. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130421005740/http://marathonpacks.tumblr.com/post/2728942718/data
  19. ^ http://www.impalamusic.org/content/city-slangs-caribou-pockets-impala-european-album-year-award
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjCHsQPiShY
  21. ^ "Caribou - Swim". City Slang. Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.