Caribou's "Andorra" wins Polaris Music Prize

Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:00pm EDT
 
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By Robert Thompson

TORONTO (Billboard) - Caribou's "Andorra," an album that its creator, Dan Snaith, said he made "at home in a bedroom," has won the third Canadian Polaris Music Prize.

The gala, which was held in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theater Monday night (September 29), included performances by nominees, among them Kathleen Edwards, the Weakerthans, rapper Shad and Black Mountain.

But it was Caribou, one of 10 nominated acts, that took home the $20,000 Canadian ($19,096) prize, which considers all genres in a competition for the year's best full-length Canadian album. The album, which appeared on Merge in North America and City Slang in Europe, won accolades for its inventive style, which merges electronica with sprightly late-'60s psych rock.

"I feel lucky and proud to be included in such an incredible list of musicians and albums," Snaith said while accepting the award.

Snaith has been recording as Caribou since he was forced to drop his previous moniker, Manitoba, under threat of a lawsuit in 2004. "Andorra" is his second full-length album under the Caribou name, after 2005's "Milk of Human Kindness."

Previous winners of the Polaris Prize include Montreal-based Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy in the award's inaugural year.

Reuters/Billboard