There Is Love In You
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You have to admire Kieran Hebden for sticking so rigidly to his vision. Back in 2003 the London-based producer made an album called Rounds, which became rather more popular than he’d envisaged due to its winning mix of beautiful, organic-sounding melodies and novel, cleverly-manipulated samples. Radiohead invited him out on tour, tracks from the album began to pop up on everything from sportswear ads to television gardening shows, and Hebden looked set to become a quasi-household name.
Instead, two years on he released Everything Ecstatic, a record that upped the beats-per-minute dramatically in a bid to counteract the unlovely term ‘folktronica’ he’d been saddled with, and any suggestion of commercial intent. Those listeners who abandoned Four Tet at this point may want to give There is Love in You a spin, however, because, as the title suggests: the bliss is back.
Five years is a fair gap between Four Tet albums but then Hebden’s tracks are aural mosaics, painstakingly compiled to work on several levels. The skipping two-step of Love Cry, for example, may appear relatively traditional; but take a closer listen and there are intricacies aplenty, including an underlying synth whirr that sounds oddly reminiscent of the noise Fred Flintstone’s legs used to make when he carried the car to work. This presumably wasn’t the intention.
Even the more straightforward offerings, such as the aptly-titled This Unfolds, gently lull the listener in while sneaking a bewildering array of bells and whistles into the mix, so by the denouement you’re blissfully nodding along to what in less dextrous hands would be a chaotic maelstrom of noise.
There are a few recognisable Four Tet trademarks along the way, notably the chopped-up vocals and general CD-on-the-blink effects of album opener Angel Echoes, which, again, may sound slightly off-putting for those who wouldn’t normally purchase experimental electronica. But the soulful female voice, stuttering and struggling against the onrushing sonic wave, is so affecting that the track’s abstract nature becomes almost incidental.
It’s a theme that recurs throughout the record, and, indeed, that defines the Four Tet canon: mesmeric, melody-laden music, with varying degrees of difficulty. There is Love in You should be a fine introductory course. --Si Hawkins
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We therefore come to 2010 and the first full length Four Tet release in five years. He has in the meantime been working with Steve Reid and undertaking monthly DJ residencies at various clubs and you can hear these influences in `There Is Love In You'. The album opens with `Angel Echoes' which is a typically atmospheric opener with what is initially a very stripped back atmosphere, the tapping rhythms lead nicely into repetitious vocals echoing the album title over and over to build intricacy. It is also accompanied by simple instrumentation which gently adds to the collection of sound in such as to almost create a dream like sweep of sound. First single `Love Cry' follows this incredibly calming introduction picking up on the gentle rhythm and building on it. This is a very obvious example of where Kieran's club residencies have influenced his music. The initial slow buzz comes to be dominated by a complex drum track that patiently develops into something worthy of taking centre stage in any decent DJ set, of course with the aid of some nice synth and repeating vocals. There will be some fantastic remixes of this track I am sure as well.Read more ›
`There Is Love In You' isn't as gentle as its title may suggest: although closer `She Just Likes To Fight' commences with the sound of a child playing with a xylophone, before surrounding the listeners with gentle drum patterns and swift guitar melodies, it's applied at the end of the record to signify a contrast in-between itself and what precedes it. The bulk of Hebden's fifth studio album can sit pretty with a walk in an industrial city; the sound of traffic drowning out the music, as concrete slabs, intimidating buildings and miserable faces are the only visual companion. On face value, this doesn't do `There Is Love...' much justice, as it's a record capable of working both as background music and as "4am music": the kind that deserves your fullest attention, allowing you to engage yourself within the subtle twists and turns that come in excess with this record.
`Love Cry' for example, is mercilessly repetitive, as a London suburb drum beat kicks and kicks at your eardrums, it's only until the final minute-and-a-half of the allocated eight that the poignant guitar melody arrives. But on close inspection, Hebden teases the listener with it two minutes in - for a split-second you hear the same melody, drenched in reverb, ready for action.Read more ›
The album starts with the quite frankly unremarkable 'Angel Echoes' in which over a fairly simple beat we hear a female voice repeat the name of the album over and over again, it does have a certain beauty in it's simpleness and that would be fine if the rest of the record was'nt otherwise cosy and over-familiar. Songs such as 'Circling' and 'Reversing' are equally unremarkable and seem to sit too much within Hebden's comfort zone to ever stir any emotion or make you seriously stand up and take any notice. This may be seen as heresy by some, but I don't really care all that much for the 9 minute single 'Love Cry' either, it would certainly be one of the weaker tracks off the aforementioned masterpeice 'Rounds'.
Well thats the bad bit out of the way and up to this point it may seem that I have a real dislike for the record, that is not the case. The double shot that is tracks 5 & 6 ('Sing' and 'This Unfolds' respectivly) are superb additions to hebden's catalouge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a recent convert to Four Tet and it was this album that I listened to first. I have to say, the first track reeled me in instantly but was very disappointed to discover that... Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2012 by T. Spencer
Everything else by this man is delicious. With this release he seems to have lost all of his artistic flair to produce something bland, monotonous and uninspired. Read morePublished on 29 May 2012 by Miss Terry
I write this as an electronic music 'novice'. Or maybe I should just say that I have only a passing interest in the genre. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2011 by Stark_Raving_Mad
I bought this album on the strength of Four Tet's incredible recent work with Burial. Aside from clear stand out tracks Angel Echoes, and She Just Likes To Fight (which sounds like... Read morePublished on 22 July 2011 by JRO