Caribou, Toro y Moi | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Caribou, Toro y Moi 

When: Wed., May 12, 9:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $12 advance, $15 door
The Rosebuds have had their Euro bops, Camera Obscura has had its tender sways, and Superchunk will forever have its rowdy pogos, but in its first 20 years, Durham's Merge Records never released an album that was, without qualification, a dance record. Swim, the third album by Canadian drummer and beat builder Dan Snaith under the name Caribou, gets that nod. Snaith folds a bevy of sounds—psychedelic pop, microhouse plink, dub echo and acid-house squeal—beneath the beat, but the record focuses first on movement. At times intense and aimed, and at times spectral and mesmerizing, Swim is a revelation not only for Snaith but for Merge's modern aims.

Columbia, S.C.'s Toro y Moi remains one of the most intriguing question marks of the emergent glo-fi and chillwave cartel. Chaz Bundick generates intriguing enough sounds on his debut Causes of This, but he's not the best at building them into memorable songs, singable, danceable or otherwise. Now backed by a live band, perhaps the pressure is off to sound so many ways at once. —Grayson Currin

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