It is the third album credited under Caribou and deviates from the psychedelic pop and took influences from various kinds of electronic dance music, especially deep house and minimal techno. The album was, according to Snaith, "pretty much me getting up every day and wanting to work on music. Working constantly on it. Making loads and loads and loads of music and then just sifting through to find the bits that I like". Playing more DJ gigs, such as those at London's Plastic People, influenced the musician to embrace dance music and a greater range of frequencies in his music, which led to the formulation of Swim. Nevertheless, about 700 songs, some unfinished, didn't make it onto the album. The album continued the critical success set by Snaith and was critically acclaimed upon its release, with some reviewers putting the album onto some end-of-year lists. The album opener, "Odessa", was also featured in some commercials and the video game FIFA 11. It was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far by Pitchfork in August 2014.