You get the feeling that Daniel Snaith, the man behind Caribou, was kind of a nerd growing up. Not only does the guy have a Ph.D. in mathematics, but his music has an OCD-level of detail that smacks of the fanatical tendencies that belong only to the hopelessly geeky. But that's not to say that the music is uptight or robotic; there's a wealth of beauty in each of his albums, which are worlds unto themselves, documents of Snaith's fixation on particular musical trends. For his latest album, Swim, Snaith has parlayed his longtime interest in electronics into an exploration of modern dance music, allowing for tempos that beg for more than just a slow sway and breakdowns that flirt with euphoria. However, the frail falsetto and dour lyrics reveal a wounded soul at the core of songs like "Odessa" and "Found Out," a reminder that truly nerdy music doesn't come without at least a little heartbreak. With Toro Y Moi. 18+.
Fri., June 4, 9 p.m., 2010