Merge Records 
Fire Note Says: Dan Snaith takes on the alias Daphni and delivers a great and necessary album.
First, know that this album is impeccable. From start to finish, Dan Snaith—the lone ranger behind both Daphni and Caribou—delivers beat-heavy perfection. Often the tracks defy sense, seeming both skeletal and fat, crystalline and grimy. The first track (“Yes, I Know”): ebullient and dark. The second (“Cos-Ber-Zam”): Latin and Blade Runner-esque. The third (“Ye Ye”): hardly there and insistent. Snaith moves through each track with ultimate assuredness. Nothing here is unnecessary and there are no missteps. It’s uncanny how goddamn spotless this album is.
“Pairs” gives us something like synth Zydeco. “Ahora” gives us something like a desert march clothed in fine silks. “Jiao” gives us something like an ancient royal Chinese court trapped in Nintendoland. Dan Snaith is a madman; Dan Snaith is a genius. And Dan Snaith may have found his ideal creative outlet.
Sooner or later, buy this album. Part of your soul probably depends upon it. Do yourself a favor and listen to it VERY LOUD—or at least turned up on the headphones. It’s immersive only if you immerse yourself. And just so’s you know, it’s pronounced JOW-long.
Key tracks: “Yes, I Know”, “Ye Ye”, “Ahora”
Bands With Similar Fire:
. . . and some of the bands on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label
-Reviewed by Alan Black (www.alanblack13.com)