Four Tet: There Is Love In You.
This review could probably be done very briefly – ‘beautiful’ – but this would do a disservice to the excellence of Four Tet’s There Is Love In You.
Glistening with delicate and fragile harmonies, both electronic and acoustic, but with a danceable dynamic underpinning each tune, in one sense this is a simple album. Yet the more you pay attention to the craft of There Is Love In You the more you realise that creating simplicity takes incredible effort and endeavour. Take ‘Circling’ as indicative: after a shimmering loop infects a sense of serenity, a sampled vocal briefly rises to tantalise and shift your perspective only for the track to end and leave you wondering. Elsewhere these vocals take a more central role (most successfully on openers ‘Angel Echoes’ and ‘Love Cry’) and bring to mind the splendour of Orbital and most obviously ‘Halcyon (+ On + On)’.
The funk comes through the minimalist jack pervading ‘Sing’, whilst ‘Plastic People’ weaves Burial’s dubstep with that reverberated resonance that Aphex expertly traded on Selected Ambient Works. And a sense of the precarious nature of the machines orchestrated to produce the fragile sounds is not lost either: a glitch here and some static hum there reminds you that it could all easily fall apart and become something so much more dissonant and so much less gleaming.
You might have guessed by now, but this album is highly recommended.
It’s available widely, but here is independent.