I’m a sucker for 60’s laced indie psychedalia. From the fragile pop of England’s The Clientele to the trippy guitar heroism Sweden’s of Dungen, the sense of time and place elicited by this sort of well executed genre bending is more powerful than that of almost any other era. Enter Caribou, a one band whose extraordinary second effort “Andorra” accessorizes the sing song ballad template from bands like Love, The Byrds and Brian Wilson, with a warm and well integrated dose of pseudo electronic.
“Andorra” breezes along adapting curiously familiar retro stylings into an organic and complete full album oriented experience. Although the songs are all individually compelling “Eli” being my favorite, mixing vocal melody with joyous sprinklings of flute, string and keys, this is not a series of songs meant to be downloaded and listened in isolation, but more a record to settle into. The Summer of Love is alive and well, here. This is a good thing.