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Two decades on from his debut release Start Breaking My Heart, Dan Snaith shows few signs of slowing down. As the years have seen him adopt several monikers, from Manitoba to Daphni, it is the Caribou title which carries the most acclaim, and the one he’ll be performing under at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 22nd January.

Caribou’s sound has been a progressive and expansive journey, over time shifting from an almost Krautrock blur of psychedelic, meandering pop tracks to his more recent stance in funky, Balearic deep-house releases. The indie-tronica giant is constantly evolving his own sound, pushing the genre into beautifully accessible yet unexplored territory.

Highlighted on his latest release, Suddenly, Snaith’s mastery is demonstrated in the way the producer plucks from threads across a plethora of influences, weaving the eclectic smorgasbord of genres and ideas into one cohesive vision. Sparks of flavour, ranging from Sufjan Stevens to J-Dilla freely dance across the tongue, never distracting from the delicately prepared meal. Suddenly is peppered with uncharacteristic turns which texture its sound in a way few Caribou releases have been, resulting in Snaith becoming known as one of the genre’s most prolific and acclaimed contributors.

Caribou performs at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 22nd January


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