CARIBOU - UP IN FLAMES LP
The second album by Dan Snaith, originally released under the Manitoba name until a legal dispute forced the change.
Following his debut, Start Breaking My Heart, and made with exactly the same dinky computer equipment, it sounds completely, utterly unlike its predecessor. It sounds like a magnificent kaleidoscopic rough'n'tumble of starlight melodies, irresistibly catchy fatbeats and all manner of uplifting tooting, parping, plinking, riffing, tinkling, soaring and harping, the joyous mass gliding happily together within Snaith's masterful sense of space. Plus... handclaps, alarm clocks, crickets chirping and dogs barking. There's a lot in there, but it's never cluttered, it's deft and wise and funny and gobsmackingly brilliant all at once.
2015 vinyl reissue as part of Leaf 20, Up In Flames is Leaf's biggest selling album to date.