Caribou shares new single ‘Never Come Back’

Caribou press photo
Credit: Thomas Neukum

Dan Snaith aka Caribou’s first album in five years, ‘Suddenly,‘ will be out on  Feb 28th via Merge Records. Following on from previously shared singles Home and You and I, Snaith has shared a new single lifted from the album, Never Come Back. Immensely satisfying and playful, Never Come Back encompasses the heart at the centre of ’Suddenly’ as repeated samples build around Snaith’s confident vocals to effortless euphoria. Listen to the single via YouTube below.

Speaking of the track, Snaith says: “Never Come Back was the first track from Suddenly that I finished. It came together very quickly and was one of those tracks that is a lot fun to make. As soon as I landed on the main synthesizer chords and the repeated refrain the rest came together very quickly and naturally. I felt like it was my job to get out of the way and not over complicate or over think it. Sometimes the best pleasures are the simple ones.”

In 2014, Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, released ‘Our Love’ to overwhelming critical acclaim, and a Polaris Prize nomination. Now, Caribou returns with his seventh studio album, ‘Suddenly,’ an album about family and the changes we go through as those relationships evolve. ‘Our Love’ provided an open-armed exploration of the concept of love in its grandest form, both as an expression of gratitude to his fans and as an examination of that one thing that matters most in life. ‘Suddenly,‘ however, takes that concept and winnows it down, directly applying it to real life and the people to whom that love means the most. ‘Suddenly‘ refers to the moments of dramatic and unexpected change that occur at points in any life and within any family – universal themes that catch you off guard and change your life in a heartbeat.

As with previous Caribou albums, ‘Suddenly’ was mined from hundreds of draft ideas (this time over 900). “I record music every day, and I love it – as much or more than I have always done. I feel very lucky – the thrill has never, ever left me,” Snaith says.

There is a moment where the daunting piling up of rough ideas morphs into an album quickly taking shape. “For the last few albums at least, there’s been a point about three-quarters of the way through where I work late into the night (as usual), but when I try and go to bed, ideas keep forcing me to get up and go back to the studio again,” Snaith recalls. “It happens over and over in one night. I can feel the gears whirring as I lie there trying to sleep, and I can’t ignore the ideas for fear that it will be gone when I wake up the next morning.”

So for all the strings Snaith has to his bow these days, this is the drive to continue to make Caribou albums. Full bodies of work where Snaith is able to evaluate things, look at those around him, and celebrate them. As his passion and joy in music-making remains as fresh as ever, ‘Suddenly’ is the purest example of this yet.

Caribou Suddenly cover artwork

Pre-order ‘Suddenly’ here

To support the album, the Caribou band will tour North America in March with support from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, with many dates already sold out. The band then heads to the UK and Europe for additional dates which include festivals Primavera Sound and All Points East. Later this Summer, Snaith will return to North America for Osheaga Festival in Montreal. 

Buy tickets to see Caribou live here

North American tour dates

16 Mar – Hamilton, ON @The Studio SOLD OUT

17 Mar – Toronto, ON @ Danforth SOLD OUT

18 Mar – Toronto, ON @ Danforth SOLD OUT

19 Mar – Toronto, ON @ Danforth

20 Mar – Chicago, IL @ Riviera

21 Mar – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall

22 Mar – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre

23 Mar – Montreal, QC @ M Telus

24 Mar – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

25 Mar – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

26 Mar – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (Early show)

27 Mar – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel SOLD OUT

28 Mar – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel (Early show)

2 Aug – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival

UK tour dates

30 Mar – Brighton @ The Dome

01 Apr – Liverpool @ Invisible Wind Factory

02 Apr – Leeds @ O2 Academy Leeds

03 Apr – Manchester @ O2 Victoria Warehouse

04 Apr – Glasgow @ The Barrowlands SOLD OUT

05 Apr – Birmingham @ O2 Academy Birmingham

06 Apr – Bristol @ O2 Academy Bristol

07 Apr – London @ O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT

23 May – London @ All Points East

European tour dates

21 Apr – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit 36

23 Apr – Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin

24 Apr – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer

25 Apr – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle

26 Apr – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten

27 Apr – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia

28 Apr – Cologne, DE @ E-werk

29 Apr – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli Vredenburg / Ronda

30 Apr – Brussels, BE @ Les Nuits Botanique / Chapiteau – Botanique

25 Jun – Rome, IT @ Roma Summer Fest

09 Jul – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live

10 Jul – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive

11 Jul – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens

12 Aug – Vilnius, LT @ Botanical Garden

15 Aug – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle / Caribou and Friends

16 Aug – Kiev, UA @ Art-Zavod Platforma