Four Tet - Rounds (10th Anniversary Edition) (2XLP Vinyl + CD)

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Kieran Hebden (born September 1977), best known by the stage name Four Tet, is an English musician active in electronic music. Hebden first came to prominence as a member of the post-rock band Fridge before establishing himself as a solo artist with charting UK releases such as Rounds (2003) and Everything Ecstatic (2005). In addition to his eleven studio albums as Four Tet, Hebden's work includes a number of improvisational works with jazz drummer Steve Reid and collaborations with Burial and Thom Yorke. To coincide with its ten year anniversary, Domino reissued Four Tet’s seminal album, Rounds. This edition includes a live set from Copenhagen, recorded around the time of the original release in 2003.

 


Kieran Hebden's (for he is Four Tet) latest work is an exploration of abstract melody and tranquil beats. The album title draws partially on the notion of singing rounds and repetition. And this is evident in the crisp percussive loops, sprinkled with intriguing pizzicato banjo sounds, balalaika phrases, and the scraps of discordant sample that are perfectly scattered around.
The album is a feast of unlikely juxtaposition, such as the melodic harp and ghostly, scratchy echo of industrial metronome, overlaid with backwards samples of My Angel Rocks Back & Forth. Elsewhere there are sparse and soothing jazzy pieces, gentle rolling percussion, jangley melotron and hints of the Ipcress File.
Hebden says "This record has a 2am lonely feeling, because that was largely when it was made, on my own, in my little flat" - and that is just how it feels. It's an inspired and original collection of delicately chilled and often haunting, melancholic pieces. An album of rare intensity that feels like an honoured insight into the personal moods of Kieran Hebden.

By: Man raised by penguins


A1 Hands
A2 She Moves She
A3 First Thing
B1 My Angel Rocks Back And Forth
B2 Spirit Fingers
C1 Unspoken
C2 Chia
D1 As Serious As Your Life
D2 And They All Look Broken Hearted
D3 Slow Jam
Live In Copenhagen 30th March 2004
CD-1 She Moves She
CD-2 Everything Is Alright
CD-3 Spirit Fingers
CD-4 Glue Of The World
CD-5 My Angel Rocks Back And Forth
CD-6 As Serious As Your Life
CD-7 Hands, No More Mosquitos, Calamine, Tangle


Issued in a gatefold sleeve with black lined inner sleeves, including download card, 12-page CD booklet and the extra CD inside a cardboard sleeve. Concerning the download you are able to choose between wav- and mp3-format. Sticker on shrink wrap: "10th anniversary edition of the classic album / double gatefold vinyl pressed on 180gsm heavyweight vinyl / inludes download codes plus CD of a full live performance from Copenhagen in 2004"