Four Tet
There is Love in You


4.0
excellent

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
January 24th, 2010 | 123 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It seems perfection may be reached in Four Tet's future.

As I play “Circling” through my speakers, I find that I am lost amid a flurry of harp-like flourishes and eerie jingles before, wait--it stops. Oh, there it goes again. The flurries pick me up off of the ground, with wait--what’s this? It seems a sampled voice from a woman is buzzing in my ear; it’s as if she’s possibly trying to say something understandable, or, heaven forbid, conversational in nature to me. I beg your pardon, my friends--it seems I must compose myself in order to analyze and asses what exactly has stolen my attention away from this paper. Deeply rooted under an assortment of samples and a core of electronic tapestries is the foundation for a mysterious ensnarement that Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet has birthed and unleashed upon the world; until further notice, it seems this writer will be at its mercy.

Past releases from Four Tet have been, well, really exceptional. The three-album run that started with the jazz-sampled drum lines of Dialogue, continued on to the folk electronics of Pause, and finally, concluded on the diverse, experimental, and ultimately successful Rounds displayed Kieran Hebden’s raw talent in the area of diverse and consistent music creation. The dark, textured Everything Estatic was no slouch either; however, when held against the artist’s previous work, the depressingly “good” fourth album was just that and no more. If my ridiculous hyperbole has not given it away just yet, fifth album There Is Love In You is a return to the higher level of quality that was first reached with Four Tet’s first three albums; in some ways, it seems to even go beyond that.

From the onset, I think it’s safe to say that the Kieran Hebden’s recent collaborations with Steve Reid and Burial have really paid off in spades. The artist seems to have almost perfected the art of stocking There Is Love In You full of diverse feelings and textures, while still keeping the whole of the album seamless and fluent. Moments of awkwardness or disjunction, while there are some, are few and far in between. Whether it’s the aforementioned harp-like cycles of "Circling", or the one-two, discordant sounds of “Sing”, the album is able to play straight through rather easily without too much trouble, despite the number of varying elements--voices, samples, drum loops, and all. This is really an astounding feat in an electronic instrumental project. Whereas most artists seem to be limited to a set number of instruments or samples before they start to sound incoherent and/or messy, Four Tet have the ability to keep piling instrument after instrument, or sample after sample, without losing the listener in the process. It makes me wonder just how far the English artist might go with his experimentation in the future, and, likewise, when he will inevitably hit the glass ceiling of inclusions.

If differences in track layouts and sound inclusions weren’t enough, the lengths of There Is Love In You’s nine songs vary starkly in comparison as well. The album starts on the glorious, four minutes of “Angels Echoes”, with its awe-inspiring female samples, before leading into the diverse and resounding impact of nine-minute single “Love Cry”. “Circling” follows in half the latter’s time; “Pablo’s Heart" can't even break twenty seconds; and “Sing”, when combined with the melodramatic “The Unfold”, play out for a little over a quarter of an hour. The album’s final piece may very well be the best of the bunch. “She Just Likes to Fly” begins on an anthem-like progression and slowly bubbles and builds to an appropriate, albeit gentle climax; if anything, the song brings to mind a certain “Your Hand In Mine” from a very renowned, post-rock group. Diversely structured, diversely layed, and diversely timed--how is Mr. Hebden able to do it?

The combined elements of Four Tet’s sound and consistent song structures seem to give There Is Love In You an odd, addictive quality. Sure, I may come back to albums like this for a peaceful listen every now or then, or maybe just so I can obtain a moment’s reprieve from the more pressing moments in life, but hardly ever does an IDM release cause me to want to listen to it straight through while in a work-out session, or while I’m speeding down the highway. What exactly has the English artist hidden in this thing that would cause it to have such a magnetic pull? It’s like the sum of its parts are building together in unison to pull me down and drown me in their lush, dense fabrics all at once. Some may ask if There Is Love In You is a perfect album, and I fear that I would have to say that no, it’s not. However, if this is the pathway of progression that Four Tet have started down on and plan to continue developing, then I think it's fair to say that perfection may be reached in the artist's future.



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Ponton
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


5820 Comments


Album stream:

http://3voor12.vpro.nl/speler/luisterpaal/42999021#luisterpaal.42999021

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


17231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, it's better. album rules

Kiran
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i have been listening to this so much since the stream

fromtheinside
January 25th 2010


19176 Comments


really really good. when does this drop?

Digging: Techno Animal - The Brotherhood of the Bomb

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2010


7159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for reviewing this ive been wanting someone to

TheEnforcer
January 25th 2010


270 Comments


Good review and I will check this out.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


5820 Comments


when does this drop?


Today or tomorrow. Some calendars said the 25th, some said the 26th.

Thank you.

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


3742 Comments


album rules, nice review

Ponton
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


5820 Comments


Thank you, sir.

My end of the year list is looking to be very big already.

Nagrarok
January 25th 2010


8316 Comments


And then they say I'm a machine.

Great read, loved the intro. Pos.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man, this is good, but its got nothing on Pantha du Prince's latest.

Nicely written though.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


31629 Comments


Man, this is good, but its got nothing on Pantha du Prince's latest.


It's pretty close though. Pos'd

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


6100 Comments


Great album.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


5820 Comments


Man, this is good, but its *got nothing on Pantha du Prince's latest.


I've never heard of that one. I'll look into it.

Thanks guys.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2010


7427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this isnt the kind of thing i usually listen to, but there were some really cool beats and i enjoyed the album. good review

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard good things about this, gonna check it out. Solid review as usual.

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was going to listen to the stream and then I realized they had Jaga Jazzists new album, so I'm listening to that cause I want to review it.

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 25th 2010


3742 Comments


but its got nothing on Pantha du Prince's latest.


nah it's easily better

i dunno why everyone is just now liking pantha du prince (that panda bear collaboration i guess, even though that's the worst song on black noise) when his previous album is sososo superior

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


6100 Comments


Because we've never heard about him? True story: I thought you were robertsona before "Staff Reviewer" caught my attention. Just heads up.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


15083 Comments


close call there cam


get your shit together



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