Dan Snaith's second record under the Caribou moniker is more of the cerebral computer pop he's been moving toward since 03's Up In Flames. Named after a tiny Catalan country wedged between Spain and France, Andorra bursts out of the gate with the psyched-out Melody Day, a propulsive Pet Sounds track twirling with flutes and all the signature 60s sounds Snaith can cram in; no moment is spared his obsessive sound layering.
The hypnotic Sandy continues the groove before a tripped-out After Hours cements the fact that Snaith has made a full-on drug record. It's possible that Snaith, who composes records by holing up in his bedroom for a year, slipped into a Brian Wilson headspace at some point, but the good vibrations are missing here.
Andorra feels downhearted, often recalling Elliott Smith; even on She's The One, a collabo with Junior Boys's Jeremy Greenspan, it sounds like she's a real drag.
Caribou hits the Rivoli September 30.