In 2009 American folk-pop deconstructionists The Caribbean teamed up with engineer, producer, mixologist (Superchunk, Spoon, Okkervil River, The Mountain Goats) and one half of Boxharp Scott Solter to bring you Scott Solter Re-Populates The Caribbean, released through Hidden Shoal. The EP comprises five tracks from The Caribbean’s 2007 Hometapes record Populations, which were sent to Solter to deconstruct, warp, and otherwise obliterate. The result is a set of dizzying curve balls that split the difference between glistening songcraft and complete re-construction. Scott Solter’s ‘Populations’ remix rounds out this unique EP in suitably woozy shimmer, like sunlight cutting through a hangover, dissolving the song’s remnants in a pool on the sidewalk. Mark Solter‘s visual accompaniment is a richly smeared, unresolvable abstract landscape. It is at once inviting and at the same time completely unknowable – a perfect marriage to its sonic partner.
“…and as Solter overhauls their music, he makes us go back and re-hear what was already there in the original versions. Where did these sounds come from? Not from nowhere, they were there…just hidden, or living different lives. Scott Solter Re-Populates The Caribbean may be surprising for fans of the band, but it also should be exciting for everyone.” – Erasing Clouds
The Caribbean are set to release their sublime new album Discontinued Perfume on the ever excellent Hometapes label next year along with an exciting new project for Hidden Shoal (more info in 2011!).
View the video at Vimeo and YouTube. The Scott Solter Re-Populates The Caribbean EP and the single ‘Do You Believe in Dinosaurs? (Scott Solter Remix)’ are both available now through Hidden Shoal. The EP can be streamed in full at the Hidden Shoal Store. Also be sure to check out Scott Solter’s work with Boxharp while you’re there.