Caribou’s “Out Love” is a beautiful, layered, expansive work. I would own this album for “Can’t Do Without You” on its own — that song is as good as music gets. But thankfully, this goodness doesn’t stop there and we get 9 more tracks of strange and unique electronic wonder. And while this isn’t the most danceable record (although it’s not without its moments) it gives you plenty to focus on; namely, the nature of love. This is a sober and mature meditation of what love is and means in all its forms. Romantic love, paternal love, Socratic love, et. al, with all its warmth and coldness. Oh, and the wordless song “Mars,” which seems to be exotic flutes, funky synths, and snapping electronic snares. I dig that song A LOT. •••
I posted this album a few years back (I can’t believe this account is over two years old now!) with a bottle of rosé but, upon further reflection, “Our Love” begs to be paired with a fresh and funky, strange yet familiar Jura. The bottle in question is a Didier Grappe Les Insouciantes, which was light, tart, juicy, brightly acidic and best served with a light chill. It’s the kind of wine you can drink by the bucket, which is perfect for the dance floor. It also had a hint of smoke and a light savoriness that elevates this red to something complex. Tasty stuff.