Caribou Announces First New Album in Six Years, Suddenly, Shares New Single "You and I"

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Caribou Announces First New Album in Six Years, <i>Suddenly</i>, Shares New Single "You and I"

Caribou’s Dan Snaith signaled his return in October with the aptly titled “Home,” his first new song in five years—Wednesday, he not only followed that up with another new single, “You and I,” but also announced his first new album since 2014’s Our Love: Caribou’s seventh studio LP Suddenly, out on Merge Records Feb. 28, 2020.

Snaith says of his dynamic and dreamy new track:

“You and I” was one of the first tracks on the album that I started, and one of the last tracks I finished; it existed in some form or other throughout the whole arc of making the record. It also captures a lot of what the record, and the title of the album, are about—the track changes suddenly and unpredictably, and it is about a change in my life that happened out of the blue.

A press release reinforces Snaith’s suggestion that we expect the unexpected, describing Suddenly as “the most surprising and unpredictable Caribou album to date,” and adding, “Though it retains the trademark Caribou warmth and technicolor, this album is littered with swerves and left turns. Songs drop out and morph into something else entirely just as they’re hitting their stride, samples chopped up beyond all recognition burst out of nowhere.”

“You and I” lives up to Suddenly’s shape-shifting sensibility: Its verses are built around lush chord swells and starry-eyed chimes that then mutate into woozy, fast-paced choruses underpinned by thumping drums and sampled shouts. Lightning eventually strikes in the form of an out-of-the-blue guitar solo, electrifying the already-restless track into something particularly wild.

Snaith winnowed over 900 song ideas down to Suddenly’s 12 tracks, saying, “I record music every day, and I love it—as much or more than I have always done. I feel very lucky—the thrill has never, ever left me.”

Listen to “You and I” and Caribou’s 2010 Daytrotter session below. You’ll find the details of Suddenly and Caribou’s North American, U.K. and European 2020 tour dates further down.

Suddenly Tracklist:
01. Sister
02. You and I
03. Sunny’s Time
04. New Jade
05. Home
06. Lime
07. Never Come Back
08. Filtered Grand Piano
09. Like I Loved You
10. Magpie
11. Ravi
12. Cloud Song

Suddenly Album Art:


Caribou 2020 Tour Dates:

16 – Hamilton, Ont. @The Studio SOLD OUT
17 – Toronto, Ont. @ Danforth SOLD OUT
18 – Toronto, Ont. @ Danforth SOLD OUT
19 – Toronto, Ont. @ Danforth
20 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera
21 – Detroit, Mich. @ Saint Andrews Hall
22 – Ottawa, Ont. @ Bronson Centre
23 – Montreal, Que. @ M Telus
24 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
25 – Philadelphia, P. @ Union Transfer
26 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club (Early show)
27 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel SOLD OUT
28 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
30 – Brighton, U.K. @ The Dome

01 – Liverpool, U.K. @ Invisible Wind Factory
02 – Leeds, U.K. @ O2 Academy Leeds
03 – Manchester, U.K. @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
04 – Glasgow, U.K. @ The Barrowlands SOLD OUT
05 – Birmingham, U.K. @ O2 Academy Birmingham
06 – Bristol, U.K. @ O2 Academy Bristol
07 – London, U.K. @ O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
21 – Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit 36
23 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Forum Karlin
24 – Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
25 – Munich, Germany @ Muffathalle
26 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Kaufleuten
27 – Paris, France @ L’Olympia
28 – Cologne, Germany @ E-werk
29 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg / Ronda
30 – Brussels, Belgium @ Les Nuits Botanique / Chapiteau – Botanique

23 – London, U.K. @ All Points East

25 – Rome, Italy @ Roma Summer Fest

09 – Bilbao, Spain @ Bilbao BBK Live
10 – Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive
11 – Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens

12 – Vilnius, Lithuania @ Botanical Garden
15 – Berlin, Germany @ Zitadelle / Caribou and Friends
16 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Art-Zavod Platforma