Four Tet Morning. Over the past few years, Kieran Hebden's flirtations with house music turned into a full-blown love affair. Two of his recent albums, Four Tet's Pink and this year's Percussions collection, 2011 Until 2014, were essentially compilations of dance floor 12-inches. Neither was subpar, but the more functional formats didn't always play to Hebden's strengths: his skill at wandering between styles, his knack for rich chords and melodies.Morning/Evening marks a welcome change of approach. The steady pulse of house is still present, but it's a small part of the whole, fleshed out by twinkling synth work and a selection of gorgeous samples from 1983 Bollywood film Souten.
Morning/Evening also marks a departure from 2013's dense, diverse Beautiful Rewind; consisting of just two side-long tracks that unfold with an easy grace, Hebden's latest is the prettiest Four Tet record in some time. The 20-minute "Morning" is the better of the two—its Souten loop framed with warm, drifting synth lines while a 4/4 beat ticks away low in the mix. Hebden rides the loop for longer than seems wise, but as more vocal coos and layers of shimmering synth continue to bleed in, it's easy to get swept up in the soothing undulations. review by Angus FinlaysonFour Tet Morning
It's easy to get swept up in the soothing undulations
Twinkling synth work and a selection of gorgeous samples