Dan Snaith of Caribou has released a trove of previously difficult-to-access back catalog material to Bandcamp, Exclaim! notes. The releases include three CDs that were only available for purchase on various tours, an 2010 album credited to Caribou Vibration Ensemble, and a live performance by the same ensemble from the following year.
Caribou announced the release Friday on Twitter. Each album is available to stream for free, or for purchase on a pay-what-you-want model. According to a tweet from Caribou, the tour CDs are comprised of “leftover bits from recording the albums that came out around that time.” The earliest of them is from 2005, and you can hear the boom-bap-meets-motorik rhythms of that year’s The Milk of Human Kindness all over it. The others are from 2007, corresponding to the dappled psychedelia of Andorra, and 2010, corresponding to the more dancefloor-oriented Swim. The Caribou Vibration Ensemble was a 15-person band featuring Snaith at the helm, plus Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden and longtime Sun Ra sideman Marshall Allen.
Listen to Tour CD 2005 highlight “Bloody Murder” below, and hear the rest of the material at Caribou’s Bandcamp page.