By the time Caribou hit the stage, the Rickshaw was packed and I was glad I had a spot right in front of the first row of theatre chairs, limiting the radius of close, sweaty bodies. Dan Snaith mostly played songs from Swim (“Sun,” “Leave House,” and “Odessa,” notably), peppering in a couple I recognized from Andorra and The Milk of Human Kindness. The opening of “Odessa” got people hopping, me included, but the audience was more into the sway-back-and-forth-a-bit style of showgoing.
I was wondering how Swim‘s clubby, dancey, pop-infused electronic music was going to translate from the album to a live show, and it turned out to be one of the most engaging parts of the night. My highlight was probably the mid-set “Bowls,” a percussive track that I fell in love while watching it come together onstage. Snaith and the three members of his touring band were set up as if they were about to start playing a game of foursquare—the percussion-heavy songs had Snaith and the other drummer facing each other in front of hypnotic projections and a strobe light, which created a symmetrical, kaleidoscope-like effect. The only thing I could’ve done without was the fog machine (which Snaith likened to burning toast). Overall, though, the night was great—it totally sated my current obsession with all things Swim.