On 12” vinyl or CD on Text. In perfect indemnible style, Four Tet releases his new album on his own imprint shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Only info in this is via his bareboned tweets, giving us the front cover and the fact that there are only two songs, each around 20 minute mark in length, one entitled Morning Side, the other (shockingly) Evening Side. I’ve already bought it, my friends have already bought it, and so should YOU!?!
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Kieron Hebden stretches himself past the average album/single/album format to create a record which comprises of two episodic tracks containing various shifts in mood. 'Morning' is most notable for a seemingly never ending sample of Bollywood star Lata Mangeshkar. It's a lovely sample but after its thousandth repeat you start to wonder whether Hebden is stretching an idea way past it's natural lifespan. To create interest he adds swirling synths and drops of gloopy keys but the beats are static and unchanging. The effect is akin to a lot of the '90's sampledelica of the likes of Talvin Singh, Cornershop and Black Star Liner but this is mellow and entrancing.....for awhile anyway. Finally, 8 minutes in there's a drop down with some polyrhythmic beats taking over before the sample re-appears. The track ends on some gossamer synths and a mood of benign calm.
The evening side is slower and more experimental. Shards of vocal samples echo around some grainy textures whilst a round of melodica's paint patterns around a formless soundscape. It has a hazy balearic feel to it and no beats appear until about thirteen minutes in when a nice drum break and a kicking 4/4 glue the electronic bloops together. It ends on a kind of drum workshop which although beautifully rhythmic has the feel of Hebden doing it in his sleep.
The 'Morning' side is sure to be the track that is talked about due to that ear grabbing vocal piece. Overall it doesn't satisfy completely but as an extended 12" record rather than being thought of as an album as such it has been a worthwhile experiment and has it's own mood of insouciant calm that could be the perfect soundtrack for the height of summer.
9/10 Stuart 22nd June 2015
Four Tet is back and his new LP is a slight departure from his previous albums. For a start it consists of just two tracks (Morning and Evening) totalling 40 minutes. It also sees Mr Hebden embracing his roots, sampling the mother of Indian music, Lata Mangeshkar.
The Morning Side consists of steady percussion, backed up with vocal samples of Lata and beautiful synths swirling around. Evening Side is a calmer affair, with delicate twinkling bleeps leading one to imagine looking up at the stars in the night sky.
This makes for the perfect album if you need help waking up or coming down. Buy this record and you'll be thankful when you need something to make life bearable.
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