Posted in music | pictures on May 10, 2010

by Ben Lozovsky

Caribou

Caribou makes luxurious music for unflappable spirits. At the first of two area sold out shows Friday, they laid a heavy blanket of pounding kraut and sumptuous new disco over at Music Hall of Williamsburg (they played Bowery Ballroom on Saturday) with a technical wizardry that not only felt comforting, but truly enveloping for the senses.

Even as the members, led by Daniel Snaith, remained stoically tethered to their respective corners in a tight square setup on stage, often obscured behind mounds of equipment and wild projections, Caribou never hid their intentions. The music was always burning with an anonymous, or rather all-inclusive, emotional base - it didn't boast any distinct nationality or heritage, instead speaking a collective modern language in electronic, jazz-scented and prog-driven words.

In fact, the diverse group of songs performed from Caribou's (formally Manitoba) wide catalog, often as stylistically distinct as each passing record, felt like one long flowing conversation. Each number would churn and wobble until a glowing boiling point, like the rapturous ending of "Melody Day," only to be circumvented by the slow ascent of the next one.

Opener Toro y Moi took some cues from Caribou's textural playbook, as Chazwick Bundick' enhanced his more melodically driven chillwave with backing musicians this time around. The results of the full band addition might have been unpolished at brief moments, but was nonetheless rich with detail and tension, a positive sign that Chazwick's obvious promise was on the way to being more fully realized.

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Hounds of Hate were first of third on the bill, but Ben missed them. More pictures from the music Hall show with some videos from Bowery, below...

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"109" - toro y moi (at Bowery Ballroom, 5.8.10)

"skunks" - caribou (live at Bowery Ballroom 5.8.10)

the encore - caribou (Bowery Ballroom)

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Comments (12)

Amazing photos from an amazing show. I did not stop dancing the whole time!

Posted by KB | May 10, 2010 1:49 PM

Saw Caribou in Philly last night...amazing as usual!

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 2:10 PM

setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 2:50 PM

@KB Awesome! Every other Caribou show I saw, nobody danced, and it really pissed me off. Glad NY is finally letting its hair down.

Posted by Sverig3 | May 10, 2010 2:57 PM

don't remember the exact order of the set, but they started with sundialing.
they played every track off "swim" except for "lalibela"
plus melody day, skunks and the insane encore that was some crazy krautrock-influenced jam in E.
SICK ASS SHOW.

Posted by party expo show 5/15 | May 10, 2010 4:02 PM

wait??!?!??! is john schmersal (enon, braniac) playing in caribou's live band now? whoaaaaa.

Posted by annie momus | May 10, 2010 4:33 PM

yup - fun show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 4:53 PM

ah just because one person on BV said they danced that doesn't mean NY is letting its hair down. don't get me wrong I wish that was the case...but sadly this was in no way a dance party.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 5:11 PM

how can you "dance" at a standing room show like this? what do you consider dancing? nodding your head back and forth? flexing your knees? If you're really dancing you're invading the personal space of the guy next to you.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2010 10:31 PM

they were amaaaaaaazinnng

Posted by sarah | May 11, 2010 12:23 AM

I could have sworn that the tall guy in the black blazer and black glasses during Hounds of Hate was Jeff Goldblum...

Can anyone confirm?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2010 9:06 AM

it really was a incredible show. they made their heavily electronically based productions come to life with great drumming and programming. also, only the music hall could give a band like this the right kind of stage and sound to play live. it was a small miracle that there were no sound problems.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2010 4:04 PM

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