Four Tet fails to move forward on a nevertheless lovely seventh album
There’s disappointment on this album – when the nine-minute-long ‘[b]Love Cry[/b]’ ends. Recent collabs with [a]Steve Reid[/a] and [a]Burial[/a] have left [b]Hebden[/b] with an ability to twist the most repetitive rhythm into the kind of low-slung, fucked-in-Kreuzberg, chasm-deep house that causes time’s trajectory to feel perpendicular. The rest of the album never meets this watermark, with Hebden opting for quiet charm over courting wasted Berlin creatives; witness the way he coaxes warmth from cascading 8-bit shards on ‘[b]Sing[/b]’ or nudges the pretty folktronica of ‘[b]This Unfolds[/b]’ into a crisp, beat-driven head-nodder which never goes anywhere. This LP could have injected some creativity back into 4/4, instead it settles for quaintness.
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