Streetlight Records

Four Tet - Pause


Format: CD
Label: DOMI
Catalog: 2
Rel. Date: 10/02/2001
UPC: 801390000225

Artist: Four Tet
Format: CD
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1. Glue of the World
2. Twenty Three
3. Harmony One
4. Parks
5. Leila Came Around and We Watched a Video
6. Untangle
7. Everything Is Alright
8. No More Mosquitoes
9. Tangle
10. You Could Ruin My Day
11. Hilarious Movie of the 90's


Kieran Hebden makes music while you sleep. Sometimes he makes it whilst lollingaround in his pajamas, or in the middle of a nice breakfast with the televisionbuzzing in the background. His song titles are taken from arbitrary situations,he’s got a fondness for kitchen noises and keyboard clicks, and quite enjoysrunning his sequences backwards. He’s also been lauded by some of the largestnames in the British press. Pause, however, isn’t some fashionable,fastidious album that will only appeal to hardcore experimentalists who waxon about ring modulators and envelope filters. Loop-based, somnambulistic andincredibly endearing, it’s pure, bedroom alchemy from beginning to end.Or as Canadian libertines Sum 41 would say: all killer, no filler.

One-third of the band Fridge, Hebden has been at the Four Tet project since1997, when he released the singles “Thirtysixtwentyfive” and “Misnomer”at the age of 19. Since then he’s created an EP with Pole, put in remixwork for Aphex Twin, the Cinematic Orchestra and David Holmes, toured with theother members of Fridge as Badly Drawn Boy’s live band. While his musicwouldn’t seem out of place matched up with any of the aforementioned artists,it’s much more accessible. “Leila came round and we watched a video”and “Tangle” are beatless and translucent, providing the perfect accompanimentto a pre-dawn drive through the country. The piccolo snare hits, tweaked guitarharmonics and double-time harpsichord melodies in “You Could Ruin My Day”scuttle along in urgency, but a morphed double bass line drops in half way throughto break it all down with b-boy precision. If you listen closely, you can makeout where some of Hebden’s sounds are pulled from: clinking pieces of flatware,a stir stick jostling around chunks of ice in a tall glass pitcher, soundbitesfrom a preschool playground. He even scoured the Web to find an authentic insectasample for “No more mosquitoes,” a head nodding number the employsthe album’s only intelligible vocal. With Fridge’s fourth full-lengthout now—released on his own Text Records—this has been a dream year for Hebdan,and Pause is a picture perfect snapshot of success.
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