Four Tet – There Is Love in You Four Tet – There Is Love in You

Four Tet - There Is Love in You

Kieran Hebden’s knack of being able to take sounds from a wide variety of musical genres is something that isn’t often seen in records today. Whilst cynicism might lead you to the belief that such a varied musical palette could only lead to scattershot and confused sounding albums, There Is Love In You is one of the most focused releases from Four Tet. Whether you like or loath Love, there is no fat here. Every song has it’s purpose, and Hebden has succeeded not only in incorporating tastes and experience from other musical landscapes, (Collaborations with jazz drummer Steve Reid, and 2009’s epic collaboration with Burial) but of eeking out a suprising amount of emotion and feeling from instruments so obviously lifeless as those associated with electronic music.

Take the haunting opener “Angel Echoes” – A repetitive 4/4 drumbeat and looped female vocals layered on top of one another. Then the twinkling electronics at work in the background. It sounds extremely simple, maybe it is. But the magic of Four Tet ensures that it becomes so much more, becoming literally what you would imagine Angel Echoes to sound like. First single and somewhat of a grower, “Love Cry”, shows that some of that jazz drumming has been rubbing off, electronics blipping and crackling in the background. The dark female vocals only come in around 2/3 of the way in yet it doesn’t feel like a long time has passed, and together with pulsing electro going on in the background Hebden takes you to a pretty dark place. Yet true to form, with about a minute left, he throws in some beautifully fragile acoustic guitar to lift the mood. For those of you who aren’t electronic music nerds, you’ll be surprised how this album sucks you in. The innocent sounding “Circling” starts off as if it could be the soundtrack to a Honda advert, but before long its’ naive swirling electronics build into something deeper, and much more uplifting.

“This Unfolds” begins with a jazz beat and trumpet like warble that sounds like something off Head Hunters. It continues to do so, but still with glittering instrumentation that ensures that while its’ influences are on its’ sleeves, it manages to become something else entirely. If ever Four Tet was to garner any serious dancefloor fame, “Plastic People” is the one to do it. Clearly having taken note from the Moth/Wolf Cub collab with Burial last year, it develops into a dark club anthem that focuses on linear melody with those familiar female vocals incorporated into the background.

Album closer “She Just Likes To Fight” is a straightforward post rock song, essentially. But it isn’t. Well it is, but it sits alongside all of these other electronic tunes and brooding songs and is perfectly comfortable, and does a perfect job of playing out a truely beautiful album.

There Is Love In You is probably experienced best as a whole, which is a slight flaw, but hey, that’s what a good album is. And actually, some of these are tunes outright; perfect to play before a night out. Most importantly, the bar has now been set for electronic albums in 2010. And y’know, it was released on my birthday. So…kudos to that.

Track Listing:
1. Angel Echoes
2. Love Cry
3. Circling
4. Pablo’s Heart
5. Sing
6. This Unfolds
7. Reversing
8. Plastic People
9. She Just Likes To Fight

Four Tet - There Is Love in You, reviewed by Lemon on 2010-01-28T16:09:04-08:00 rating 4.3 out of 5

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