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Rounds [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 (5 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00008ACIF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rounds, the third album from Four Tet, confirms its maker, London-based laptop musician Kieran Hebden, as one of modern British music's most contradictory characters: a bedroom composer that obsesses over the roughest new UK garage and hip-hop cuts, yet tucked up in his studio writes harp-laden melodic pieces that sound like the gentle flutter of a cherub's wings and have titles like "My Angel Rocks Back And Forth".

Every Four Tet album is inscrutably, sometimes indescribably lovely, and Rounds is no exception. On first listen, it sounds like a near twin of 2001's Pause--a cerebral, organic-sounding journey through vistas of gentle European folk music, Balinese percussion and next-wave hip-hop rhythms. But even Four Tet on autopilot is pretty essential stuff: the opening "Hands" layers shards of stroked acoustic chords and chrome-smooth electronic swishes into a glimmering fog of sound, before tethering it down with crashing drumkit percussion; the bare "Unspoken" sounds like DJ Shadow collaborating with some obscure minimalist composer. In this meditative work, Hebden does so much to dispel the notion that electronic music has to be cold and clinical. Long may he contradict. --Louis Pattison

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Genius 7 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Interesting to see how this CD has polarised reviewers' opinion on these pages to such a great degree. `Rounds' is certainly not an album for hardcore musos only, but neither does it give up its treasures immediately.

On the first couple if listens it sounds like a bit of mess. You hear a collage of skittering, cut-up beats, electronic effects and samples of `real' instruments and other found sounds all thrown together with seemingly no overall design.

Listen on and persevere, though, and the picture changes. Threads of melody and structure appear on each and every track and the album turns into a multi-layered treasure trove of sound. `She Moves She' features a frisky beat, gently plucked strings and a chiming percussion melody. `My Angel Rocks Back and Forth' is anchored by a heartbreakingly gorgeous harp string motif, so simple in its execution but so effective.

The quality does not drop throughout. `As Serious As Your Life' has plucked guitars and clapping frisky beats whilst the superb closing track, `Slow Jam' has an aching melody and the best use of a squeaky toy I have ever heard in popular music.

The music is so rich and dense that you genuinely do hear something new on every listed. I suppose `Rounds' fits squarely into the Folktronica genre and this style of music will obviously not be to everyone's taste (it would be a dull world if we all liked the same thing), but it is a shame that those reviewers who have been so negative about this CD cannot at least recognise the extraordinarily fecund creative process on display here.

I have loved music for about 18 years and this is one of my favourite CDs of all time. An absolute beauty if you give it a chance. Don't let the nay-sayers win the day - if you agree with me, vote `yes' below!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and kinda Haunting 11 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mr Hebden has certainly achieved his own style of beautiful and almost haunting melodies and sounds. The 10 tracks on rounds seem to convey feelings such as loneliness and also proactivity. It's quite weird, to tell the truth, but addictive to listen to at the same time. In short what I'm trying to say is that Rounds, as with the other Four-Tet instalments juxtaposes itself in way that doesn't offend but keeps you intrigued and wanting more; a very skilled, and very post modern work, and I look forward to the future of Four-Tet.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Kieran Hebden's (for he is Four Tet) latest work is an exploration of abstract melody and tranquil beats. The album title draws partially on the notion of singing rounds and repetition. And this is evident in the crisp percussive loops, sprinkled with intriguing pizzicato banjo sounds, balalaika phrases, and the scraps of discordant sample that are perfectly scattered around.
The album is a feast of unlikely juxtaposition, such as the melodic harp and ghostly, scratchy echo of industrial metronome, overlaid with backwards samples of My Angel Rocks Back & Forth. Elsewhere there are sparse and soothing jazzy pieces, gentle rolling percussion, jangley melotron and hints of the Ipcress File.
Hebden says "This record has a 2am lonely feeling, because that was largely when it was made, on my own, in my little flat" - and that is just how it feels. It's an inspired and original collection of delicately chilled and often haunting, melancholic pieces. An album of rare intensity that feels like an honoured insight into the personal moods of Kieran Hebden.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rounds is an album to bathe in 27 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
Fourtet, who is Kieran Hebden from Fridge, follow up the sublime 2001 album Pause with this, Rounds, a more beat-centred, organic affair. If Pause was music to listen to in the park all summer, Rounds is music to sink into the soil below you with, and let the lush sampled melodies take your soul floating towards the slides. The layers of weird noises might sound disjointed on the first few listens, but when the album comes together it blends together as a whole with its beautiful instrumentation flowing and ebbing towards a distant land. Do not hesitate in buying this album, a record which might lead indie fans into a new world of sublime electronic beats.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rounds, Rounds Baby 23 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Much has already been written about Kieran Hebden's previous output as Four Tet, with descriptions centred on 'pastoral', 'lilting' and the unwieldy tag 'folktronica'. Certainly, there is much that summons up the spirit of woodlands and countryside in his alchemical blend of sampled chimes, strings, guitars and rhythms; this is music for lying in the park on a sunny day. But along with the atmosphere that his music generates, there is another big difference between Four Tet and the majority of electronica / IDM / whatever's digital honk, blatt and skree: that difference is a bedrock in beautiful melodies. And Rounds is full of 'em.
Picking up the template laid down in 2001's Pause, Hebden hammers it into a different shape seemingly at every turn: the 'Neptunes on a banjo' stylings of single She Moves She give way to the life-support machine beats and frozen harps of My Angel Rocks Back and Forth, whilst album centrepiece Unspoken builds and builds into a mini-epic. In all these tunes and across the whole disc, melodies and musical motifs are scurrying around and popping up in unexpected places, circling and blossoming then being overlaid. In places this leads to a dizzying intensity of sound, and whilst Rounds may not have quite the stylistic variety of Pause (nothing as unexpected as No More Mosquitoes, for instance), it pays dividends in terms of consistency. And whilst this could soundtrack the sun rising over rolling hills, it'll also brighten up far more prosaic activities like going to work, or a long train journey, rewarding the listener with music that puts a sparkle into whatever you care to shine it against.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowingly Good!
I'm not sure what genre this album would be categorised as these days. I've seen everything from 'glitch' to 'downtempo' to 'folktronica' but whatever you choose, I prefer two... Read more
Published 19 months ago by T. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! God, yes!
I'd heard a couple of Four Tet songs when I bought this, and I'd liked them a lot, but I didn't really think the album would amaze me as much as it did. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2008 by Conspicuous
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Wasn't sure if I should get this album or not as the reviews seemed to sway from 'love it' to 'hate it', but I took a chance. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2006 by whisperingmatt
4.0 out of 5 stars modern electronica
2000 had Kid A. 2001 had Vespertine. 2002 had New Everything. 2003 had Rounds. What will it be in 2004. Hotel Morgen perhaps?
Published on 26 Sep 2004 by Walter D. Nervik
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply an awesome collection of sounds
Futuristic but at the same time warm and atmospheric, this album feels like it could have come from anywhere in the next 100 years. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2004 by Mr. D. J. Alison
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear...
It really must be said that this album is dreadful. Each of the 'songs' follows the same recipe. A mixed bag of shambling percussion, noodling guitar (or 'folky' lute) and random... Read more
Published on 29 July 2004 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Whats going on here?
I must admit the main reason I bought this album was the price but also the reviews which hyped this CD up to oblivion. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars outing into electronica
If you've ever seen an Alexander Caulder mobile, at first sight it appears insubstansial and bafflingly abstract, but then, as you watch, the breeze takes it and the componants... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed the Target
'Rounds' is an album of instrumental music that draws on world influences and is notable I think for its percussion, which rolls along and varies in pace and achieves an... Read more
Published on 2 July 2003 by "abbaabba"
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