Daniel Snaith is a remarkable individual. Not just because of his astounding, cerebral, diacritic music that, nearly a decade and five albums later, is seeping into the minds of people searching for, as one recent reviewer put it, “electronics for grownups.”

The amiable, unassuming man behind the Caribou moniker is also the distinguished owner of a mathematics Ph.D., awarded by the Imperial College London, making Snaith more than just the professor of ambient, psychedelic-tinged, Canadian electronica. That his 2005 thesis, titled “Overconvergent Sigel Modular Symbols,” was undertaken while his burgeoning musical career, which began in 2001 under his first alias Manitoba, was well under way baffles the mind.

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