Given that Caribou—real name Dan Snaith, late of Dundas, Ont., and now based in London— is something of a genius (he earned a doctorate in mathematics in 2005), it should come as no surprise that he’s engineered the fastest route between a person’s head and heart. His solution takes the form of music. With its mixture of deep house, soulful techno, ’90s R&B and acid jazz—a formula he perfected on 2010’s Polaris- nominated Swim—Our Love explores the joys and perils of love, in all its forms. The conceptual collection culminates with “Your Love Will Set You Free,” a track—and sentiment—that comes from a particularly vulnerable place. “I recorded that without thinking too much about it,” Snaith says of the unabashedly earnest tune. “When I went back to that line, I kept thinking, Is that too much? Years ago, I would’ve edited myself: That’s too heartfelt, too sincere, too saccharine. When I started out, I would’ve felt embarrassed. But with this record, it felt just right.”
Watch the video for the video for the title track ‘Our Love’ here.