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Caribou (May 4)

The Canadian one-man band Caribou (a.k.a. Daniel Victor Snaith) works magic all by himself in the studio, yet still performs with a live band when playing gigs (where he usually takes on the role of dummer/percussionist). His hyper-intelligent indie-pop electronica (Snaith is also a bona fide mathematician, with a Ph.D. from London’s Imperial College) takes sounds and chords apart and rearranges them into complex and beautiful melodies. His latest release on Merge Records, Andorra, takes cues from Flaming Lips and Polyphonic Spree, the swirling, sunshiny pop moving along on its own journey into the forest of psychedelia. The single “Melody Day” is a sure shot for summer listening with dramatic full band sound and fun, groovy hooks. Andorra is a terrifically well conceived album from one of the whiz kids of the modern recording studio—with less math this time, more melody. Caribou comes to Soundlab on Sunday (May 4), with British experimental noise duo Fuck Buttons. The show starts at 9pm