Fabriclive 93 — the new solo project by Caribou member Daniel Snaith (aka Daphni) — is a trippy experience for listeners. It is also quite lengthy, sitting at 27 tracks, which largely pull from previously unreleased material. Some of these numbers only run one to two minutes long, yet, even still, the album kind of blends together, flowing seamlessly.
There are a lot of techno influences present on Fabriclive 93. They can be heard as soon as the listener puts on opening track “Face to Face.” This techno feel is then carried throughout the entirety of the album with most tracks fading into the next for seamlessly beautiful transitions.
The transitions are a notable strength of the album because they help guide the listener through the musical journey. There are no lyrics on the album, with the exception of the vocalists featured on samples. At some points, the album sounds like a DJ mashup, blending the songs together in masterful fashion.
One highlight is the song “Poly.” It carries a gritty, space vibe, allowing the listener to get lost in its many layers of sound. The atmosphere is laid-back, evoking some elements of chillwave. Another highlight of the album is the song “So It Seems,” which has a little bit of a soulful feel to it.
Most of Fabriclive 93‘s numbers feature danceable, electronic beats, but they are well above those of your generic EDM song. There is incredible variety in the sound offered here, which makes the fluid transitions between tracks even more spectacular. One song might sound completely different from its predecessor, yet the listener still will not always notice that there was a track change at all.
There is a heavy use of samples and loops on the album. Sometimes the loops get to be a little repetitive, but never enough to inhibit the listener’s enjoyment of the album. Overall, Fabriclive 93 is going to be fun for fans of IDM and techno. It is a great addition to Daniel Snaith’s growing solo catalog.