Dundas, Ontario-native Dan Snaith (more commonly known as Caribou) recently released some songs while on tour via a self-produced CD.  I’ve recently become quite enamoured with one of these songs, “Sea Rea”.  It starts off with a frenzied wall of noise that draws you in and doesn’t let up for the the full 225 seconds of the song.  The initial effect is of bewilderment, and it’s only when the melody makes a few repetitions that you can really gain your bearings.

The samples and sound clips that Caribou fills the song with are more like reconstructed fragments of noise than complete and independent melodies, which he uses to his advantage in creating and maintaining a high degree of frantic energy.  The effect is akin to the body’s reaction to shock or terror: an initial moment of panic followed by adrenaline-fuelled alertness and heightened senses.  My favourite use of this effect is the very cool dissonance created by cutting and arranging angelic choir voices into an almost terrifying ensemble that seems to forecast impending doom.

Bottom line: If I had to have a terrifyingly frantic song stuck in my head driving me to insanity I would definitely pick this one.

[mp3] Caribou – Sea Rea