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It's hard to believe it's been well over a decade since Dan Snaith released his first album as Manitoba back in the spring of 2001. In fact, April 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of his breakthrough album Up in Flames, still the biggest selling album in the Leaf Label's history. Subject to a well-documented lawsuit, Snaith was obliged to change his artist name to Caribou, which was first used for the release of 2005's the Milk of Human Kindness. All three albums are now available from Leaf as specially priced CDs, with the first two adding a disc each of bonus material. This updated edition of 2001's Start Breaking My Heart includes all the tracks from the People Eating Fruit EP and the Paul's Birthday 12-inch, as well as all three tracks from the infamous If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be an Airport EP. The two-disc Up in Flames (originally released in 2003) features tracks from the Jacknuggeted and Hendrix with Ko EPs.
The Milk Of Human Kindness Houston Mall Paper House Productions STDM-0022E 3D Cardstock Stickers, Paris For Sale Online People hear the word "electronica" and who-knows-what materializes in their minds. The genre (just like it's name) is so indefinable as to make naming it an exercise in anonymous redundancy. It's about as effective as labels like "guitar music" or "mystery novel" or "independent film." Unfortunately, many musicians and labels take advantage of that ambiguity to pump out and pre-package albums that have as much going for them as a bowl of warm rocks. The "genre" isn't something to hide behind -- it is a limitless resource of musical wealth.Caribou, once Manitoba, have done with "electronica" what Zepplin did with "guitar music," what Christie did with "mystery novels," what Aronofsky did with "independent film." If electricity is the medium, then Caribou has sculpted everything from splintery lightning bolts ("A Final Warning") to the hum of static cling ("Drumheller"). "The Milk of Human Kindness" is truly poetic, an artistic realization made of ones and zeroes.The only consistent thread of the songs is their all-encompassing ingenuity. Each track is a neural brainstorm, an unpredictable crackle of musical static, but none of them sound the same. "Pelican Narrows" is an eerily patient organ-and-bells number. "Bees" is a clean-n-muddy retro-pop ditty. "Hello Hammerheads," "Yeti," and "Barnowl" play with finger cymbals, off-key humming, and restless commercial noise to make songs that are playfully aggressive, aural acrobatics that are amazing but not showy, just great music.It's too bad the album is so short because, as the saying goes, time flies when you're having fun. The record is barely forty minutes long, but you'll swear it's ten; that's how good it is. Maybe next time Caribou can give us an entire gallon of that "milk," instead of just one tantalizing pint.Great music from a 1 man band.Don't remember buying this
Caribou, formerly Manitoba, squeezes out THE MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS, losing none of the folksiness. If anything, the sunny psychedelia of "Yeti" only pushes forward. "Subotnick" takes things a little slower, though "A Final Warning" burbles with energy. Snaith seems much more in control of his material here than on UP IN FLAMES, and the sound is cleaner as a result (though there's still plenty of chaos on the "Hands First" interlude). Elsewhere, the hip-hop and archaic keyboards of "Lord Leopard" offers up an interesting contrast, while the funk bass of "Bees" sets down a distinct groove. But the folksiness returns en force on "Hello Hammerheads" and with a touch of clattering percussion on "Brahminy Kite." The looped string sample on "Drumheller" leads back into the lovely beats and quaint harps of "Pelican Narrows." An album you can drink all day!Dan Snaith is someone who is far ahead of his lo-fi/experimental/synth rock genre, and he does it so well. For someone that far into the game like Dan, his album, "The Milk of Human Kindness", triumphantly cooks; as this newly treasured genre really picks up. For those just new into the genre, I would not suggest starting here, as you may become overwhelmed, and unsure of your new found love of the genre. I suggest early Manitoba albums, or perhaps Sufjan Stevens, or Russian Futurists, or even The Decemberists. I loved the album from start to finish, and cannot skip a track."Yeti" is the perfect start to the album with the yawning voice and snappy beats. While I enjoy the hip-hop flavor in the track "Lord Leopard", it's perhaps the keen piano style loop that does it for me and keeps me enthused 3 tracks in. From "Bees" to "Brahminy Kite" I am kept contented and feeling well fed of the musical smorgasbord he has delivered thus far. Then he gives us "Drumheller"...and having lived in Edmonton for 4 years, and have been to Drumheller...ooh half a dozen times, the beats and style he gives you on the c.d. are almost that of the sound of that place, itself. Sad sounding, depressing, but alive, and self preserving, it hits home. He ends off on "Barnowl" and he keeps us full with his dessert ending, playfully reserved, closer. In all, Dan Snaith is a musical genius and I think that music has found it's new modern day Mozart of Lo-Fi music, and I have a feeling he could go down in the books like Mr. Mozart himself.The smooth lounge-like electronics of Manitoba's first album, "Start Breaking My Heart" gave way to beats with a harder edge and more potential dance-floor use on the accompanying EP, "Give'r". The shift was an exciting one, but didn't foreshadow the complete revision in sound that the next album "Up in Flames" was. While the influence of psychedelic rock was heavy, it was laced with the laborious attention of the laptop artist/producer, producing a beautiful piece of ear-candy. (I initially gave "Up in Flames" a tepid review that I now regret posting, FYI.)With this new album, Snaith has closed the circle, bringing back the hip-hop and dance aspects of "Give'r" while reinvigorating the folk-rock with clearer vocals and more live instrumentation. One of the things that I was disappointed with in the previous record was the lack of variation throughout the album, but here that problem has disappeared. The presence of some pretty damn funky interludes helps to split apart the spaced-out folk tunes into more discreet chunks. While there is still plenty of sprawling wall-of-sound rock, the mix is tighter and the song structures more focused. I've compared this band to the Beta Band and Beck before, but now it is clear that the torch that those two have dropped has been picked up by Caribou. This is his best album, yet, in my opinion.By the way, the live show that this band puts on is blistering. I mean BLISTERING, they rock out and have great animations. That's why I listen to this record very loudly. we are takes care of post-purchase needs including maintenance, repairs and replacements. Cash special price Paper House Productions STDM-0022E 3D Cardstock Stickers, Paris CDs Vinyl => Indie Alternative => Indie Lo-Fi