Caribou Swim Remixes

Caribou Swim Remixes
With the increasing affordability of digital audio workstations like Pro-Tools and Cubase comes the growing popularity of the remix. 2010 saw dozens of independent artists releasing rearranged versions of their albums (even the Acorn have one!). After listening to the hour-and-a-half remix of Caribou`s 2010 epic, Swim, it sounds more obligatory than inspired. Although songs like Holden's Burger/Ink-style, serialized take on "Bowls," David Wrench's minimalist "Odessa" and Motor City Drum Ensemble's sensational takedown of "Leave House" stand as album highlights, too much of Swim Remixes simply treads water, either offering commonplace re-workings (Junior Boys' unimagined "Odessa," Altrice's "Sun") or messy elucidations (Gavin Russom's incessant knob noodling on "Bowls" and Fuck Buttons' straight up boring take of "Kaili"). Swim Remixes remains suitable for only two camps: Caribou die-hards and those with absolutely nothing else to listen to at the moment. (Merge)