Song of the Day: Caribou – Melody Day

photo by Jason Evans

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Cheryl Waters, is Melody Day by Caribou from the 2007 album Andorra on Merge.

Caribou – Melody Day (MP3)

What started as a homemade electronic endeavor six years ago has turned, with a few detours along the way, into an elaborate mix of krautrock, electronica and 60’s-influenced psychedelic pop. Caribou, aka Dan Snaith, originally went by the name Manitoba, which is also a Canadian province. Snaith was forced to change the name after being sued by Handsome Dick Manitoba, a washed up punk rocker who went on to become a wrestler. After finishing a PhD in Mathematics, Snaith spent a full year working on Andorra, his most ambitious album to date. Aside from the vocal support of Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan on She’s the One, Snaith claims responsibility for every sound on the record. Focusing his efforts on lush, intricate melodies, better-than-usual Caribou percussion, and more front and center vocal tracks, Snaith has given us a lot to look back upon and a lot to look forward to. With the West Coast leg of their tour all but finished, the five-piece touring band heads back east, wrapping up their North American jaunt with a show in Toronto 11/10. Sample the goods over at their MySpace page, but treat yourself to this video for Melody Day before you go:

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