Okay, I just like the name of this song. Plus, it’s from Canadian electronic artist Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Daphni, a.k.a. Caribou. I’ve had it sitting around for a few days, but like last week, I’m going through another round of concert mayhem. Yesterday was American indie synth-rock act The Faint. Tonight was British post-punk pop rockers White Lies (Yup, I’m posting this after that performance). There’s also gonna be a Health show in the next couple of days. But that’s the future. And I’ve still got to deal with some of this past, including the aforementioned, which I promise I’ll post eventually.
For tonight, it’s about “Life’s What You Make It,” which is all around good advice. Like a lot of Daphni material, it’s slightly abstract, synth warbley, off-kilter weird, a bit stripped down, yet still comforting and warm. It’s like the more accessible facets of Caribou, but warped through a prism of knob-twiddling ambient imbalance. Or so it would seem. Because it always manages to totter back on course, almost striking an aural metaphor that matches its title.
“Life’s What You Make It” is the last track on the 2017 album “Joli Mai,” wrapping up a more rhythmically percussive affair with lo-fi analog atmospherics. It’s a perfect conclusion for the inevitable come-down of the day, the night, or life in general, with or without special enhancements. But like I said, I mainly picked it for its title, which weighs heavy on my mind these days. It’s a positive, though, so I’ll leave it at that.
Enjoy Daphni’s solid ambient advice “Life’s What You Make It.”
“Life’s What You Make It” from the 2017 album “Joli Mai.”