Electronica Artist Manitoba, Goes 'Caribou'

Published: 2005-01-31
The artist formerly known as Manitoba is set to release his first album since being forced to change his name this year. April 19th will bring the artist currently-known-as-Caribou to release "The Milk of Human Kindness" into the world through Domino records (in North America) with artwork care of Shynola. The 11-track album will be preceded by a single called "Yeti", released in March.

The track-listing of "The Milk of Human Kindness":

'A Final Warning'
'Lord Leopard'
'Hands First'
'Hello Hammerheads'
'Brahminy Kite'
'Pelican Narrows'

Although this is technically (very technically) his first release, Caribou has been on the scene for quite some time. When he was known as Manitoba, electronica artist Dan Snaith released two full-length albums and three times as many EPs. Luckily the two LPs - 2001's "Start Breaking My Heart" and 2003's "Up In Flames" - are going to be made available through the Caribou name, so bafflement will be kept to a minimum.

Obviously for all the confusion it causes, it wasn't Snaith's idea to change his performing name. Late last year the artist found himself with a lack of human kindness radiating from Dictators frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba. Handsome Dick stuck Snaith with a trademark infringement suit, effectively forcing Snaith to change his stage name. One can only speculate as to whether Handsome Dick is aware Manitoba is also a Canadian province, and if so, what the next course of action will be.

No official dates have been announced yet, but Caribou plans to tour "The Milk of Human Kindness" from the end of April.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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