Caribou Start Breaking My Heart on LP + CD
Dan Snaith is a Canadian musician now based in London, who has recorded as Manitoba, Caribou and Daphni. Snaith initially recorded under the name Manitoba, but changed to Caribou in 2004 under threat of a lawsuit by Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba, formerly of punk band The Dictators.
It’s hard to believe it’s been twelve years since Snaith released his first album as Manitoba back in the spring of 2001. In fact, April 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of his breakthrough album Up in Flames, still the biggest selling album in The Leaf Label’s history. To celebrate, Leaf is re-releasing his first three albums, making them available on vinyl for the first time in years. All copies will also include a CD of the album.
As a result of the aforementioned 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. Start Breaking My Heart and Up in Flames will be available for the first time under the Caribou name, with fully restored album artwork, while The Milk of Human Kindness will be an exact reproduction of the original vinyl release.
Each of the three Manitoba/Caribou albums is highly distinctive. Start Breaking My Heart (2001) rivaled the likes of Boards of Canada for exquisite melodies and a yearning sense of nostalgia, while the critical and commercial leap forward of Up In Flames (2003) was like being unleashed in an unparalleled, magical fairyland of riotous, ecstatic sound.
Start Breaking My Heart, is spliced with arcs of rainbow melody, hopscotch percussion patterns, and playground children laughing. Humanity and nature are strong threads through this album: beauty and mystery are revealed in the mundane and ordinary. It's kind of a distillation of those rare moments when you look around and feel a strange glow of contentment. Things could be worse, but they're not. For that you are truly grateful.
Dan plays guitars and keyboards, preferring to record a melody straight up than sample someone else's, combining these basic elements with computer trickery. It gives the album an electronic/organic feel, warm but with a slightly uptight twitch, like you know he's going to produce some really banging dancefloor track one day.
While there's a lot going on - some extraordinary explosions of rapid fire laser beats, out of which fairy dust nursery rhymes come dancing, Start Breaking My Heart is so beautifully arranged - equal parts grace and dexterity - it manages to both stimulate and soothe at the same time.
Caribou Start Breaking My Heart Track Listing:
1. Dundas, Ontario
2. People Eating Fruit
3. Mammals vs Reptiles
5. Children Play Well Together
6. Lemon Yoghourt
7. James' Second Haircut
8. Schedules and Fares
9. Paul's Birthday
10. Happy Ending