Dan Snaith's recordings as Manitoba exuded a flair for recycling the most enthusiastic of early-'90s indie rock within the context of a one-man production band. Slightly naïve and only a passable songwriter, he nevertheless compensated with his gushing productions and the sort of breathless vocals that only a newcomer can imbue with such pleasure. After dealing with a slight setback (Handsome Dick Manitoba's baffling appropriation of the name, which led to Snaith's subsequent rebirth as Caribou), he proves on The Milk of Human Kindness that his compositional powers have grown during his five years on the scene.
It’s old news, but Dan Snaith now records as Caribou. Some insignificant bartender in the East Village threatened to sue, forcing him to relinquish the Manitoba name. Luckily, dramatic alterations like this are nothing new to Snaith, who is currently writing a thesis concerning modular forms, part of his PhD in mathematics. After debuting with the cozy Start Breaking My Heart (all too similar to some other Canadian-dubbed purveyors of pastoral IDM), he followed with the more organic psyche-candy Up In Flames.