Caribou has always impressed me with his sweet and sour mix of light, clean electronic production, which belies darker subject matter in the vocals. His latest album “suddenly” follows the same formula, but goes even further with its overall sound.
“Never Come Back” came out earlier in the year, but I tend to wait until albums are released before listening to the preview tracks; they always skew my opinion of the album. It’s the clear single from the track listing and instantly stood out with its strong dance structure.
Opening solidly, with looped vocal samples and sawtooth synth stabs, which are slowly built on to form a fairly traditional house track; it is elevated to something exciting and fresh by his personal creative flourishes. Noteworthy examples include the de-tuning synth accompanying melodies and changing drum samples/machines in each section: