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Pause [CD]

Four Tet Audio CD
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Four Tet/ Kieran Hebden biography

1977 - Kieran Hebden born

1997 - Kieran’s first band, Fridge, formed at school with friends Adem Ilhan and Sam Jeffers, release their first record, Ceefax, for Trevor Jackson’s Output label.

1998 - The first Four Tet single ThirtySixTwentyFive, (which lasts 36 minutes and 25 seconds) and the second, Misnom’, are released by ... Read more in Amazon's Four Tet Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00005CDUY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kieran Hebden is, it has to be said, something of a genius. The groundwork for Pause was laid on Dialogue--his debut solo album under the guise of Four Tet--landed in 1999, and immediately went about redrawing the parameters of inventive dance music. A peculiar mix of live-sounding instrumental jazz and technologically super-precise laptop dance trickery, it sounded nothing like Hebden's actual group--his day job is spent toiling in occasionally inspired post-rockers Fridge--and, as it happened, very little like anything else in existence. While not as radical a statement as Dialogue seemed, Pause is a definite update--a second brave step into the great beyond; where Dialogue employed jazz sax and flute in its evocation of a 21st-century jazz meltdown, Pause goes even further, coiling whispers of harp and zither over layer-on-layers of fidgeting, rattling percussion. His inspirations? Well, like his friend and protégé, Canadian tech-wizard Manitoba (whose excellent Start Breaking My Heart is easily the equal of Pause), Hebden collects sounds and melodies from a dizzying array of places--ancient British folk music, the rattle of typewriter keys, the gurgle of running water, even a field recording of a children's playground. Genius? There really is no other word for it. --Louis Pattison

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 28 Jun 2001
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A really wonderful album. The jazzy beats are perfectly judged to drive the tracks along without being overpowering. The acoustic guitars are simply lovely, and what makes this album really stick out above a lot of others in the genre is the musical quality. You never feel that anything has been done just to say 'look how clever i am', but has been chosen because it will sound not just right but absolutely perfect without being boringly predictable. That's not to say that it's not technically accomplished, because it is, and some of the samples are ingenious, but that is not the ultimate aim of it. Just buy this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars superb follow-up album 9 Aug 2001
This years summer electronica album, Pause works in much the same way that Music Has the Right to Children did two years ago; providing blissed out and hypnotic brain-dance for jaded clubbers. But where as Boards managed to make the standard synth-and-samples ambience sound strangely organic, here Four Tet manages to make folk instrumentation (that's right rock fans, real instruments) collude perfectly with hip-hop rhythms and snaking jazz basslines. Like the first album, jazz and eastern influences pervade but it is the acoustic guitars, harps and bongos, the flavours of folk and new-age, that define the sound, and give it the summery feel. Relaxing, inventive and compulsive, this is also the closest 'machine music' will ever get to nature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One, Two, Three, Four Tet 17 Sep 2001
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Back in 1996, Putney, South London, was the scene of the birth of post-rock experimentalists Fridge, brainchild of Kieran Hebden, Adem Ilham and Sam Jeffers. With a distinctive blend of guitars and electronic, the band established themselves very quickly on the music scene, receiving critical acclaim for their three albums and numerous Eps. However, Kieran Hebden started releasing his own material from 1997, under the Four Tet guise. After a string of 12" and a first album, Dialogue, released in 1999, at the tender age of 21, he is back with his second album, Pause. After touring with Fridge, as Badly Drawn Boy's live support band, remixing people as diverse as Aphex Twin, The Cinematic Orchestra or the -ziq/Speedy J Slag Boom Van Loon project, Hebden escaped the British weather for a while. Spotted in Toronto exchanging ideas with Manitoba's Dan Snaith, he quietly put the finishing touch to Pause, before joining his mates to record the forthcoming Fridge album, Happiness, due to be released on Hebden's own Text Records imprint. Obviously drawing experience from his work with Fridge, Hebden offers with Pause a somehow very different side of his inspiration. Guitars are here simple particles in a much bigger picture, only providing a sound base for his genuinely cooling melodies. All along, the album reminds of Manitoba's slick ambiences. However, Pause is more constrained than Start Breaking My Heart. There aren't any excursions into wild sonic soundscapes here, as Hebden remains in more conventional surroundings than his Canadian counterpart. This doesn't mean however that Pause is an album to ignore as he creates some gentle, melodic, atmospheres, with astonishing ease. Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 9 Feb 2002
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For a side project, 'Pause' certainly takes some beating. Kieran Hebden here melds programmed beats with flashes of guitar and harp to create a genre almost entirely of his own, and it's to his immense credit that, despite inventing a formula and sticking to it, 'Pause' never bores over its lush and expansive 43 minutes. Probably its best-known track - the mantra-like 'No More Mosquitos' - is also arguably the weakest, which says something for the high-water mark that Hebden sets himself on this record. An album that demands to be listened to a whole, and then again, and again - 'Pause' is nothing short of wondrous.
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