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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Four Tet
There Is Love in You
Domino

Rating: 8.8/10 ?


February 10, 2010
Clearly inspired by his recent collaboration with dubstep maestro (and teenage classmate!) Burial, and his recent DJ sets at London's Plastic People bashes, Kieran Hebden's latest and best opus since Rounds is dare I also say his danciest. The milky, chopped female vocals, gray-sky textures and softly consistent, heartbeat-like thuds of opener "Angel Echoes" bear some resemblance to Burial's subtlest moments on Untrue, yet Hebden manages to glow his familiar, warm rays over the proceedings at the same time.

The clouds quickly part on nine-minute epic and first single "Love Cry," a tune that simulates the rapture of a Balearic bacchanal as it magnetically draws in various seductive elements: vocal loops, dark synth-bass, nearly tribal shake-and-stomp. While this track puts to rest any doubt that Four Tet caters to the clubs, the UK producer's genius truly shines when he shows off his mastery in creating perfect symmetry of scattered found sounds. Take "Plastic People," where the tapping, creaking back wall, at first incongruous with the straight beat and arpeggiation, seamlessly assimilates to the front of the mix under Hebden's sequencing sleight-of-hand.

But then again, that's what we've come to expect from the artist whose postrock material with Fridge isn't completely lost on his current musical endeavors. It's just merely buried within the netherworld Hebden's created, just like his music does in our subconscious, pulling elements and intervals back to the forefront and turning corners the way dreams do. With yet another forward-thinking, sampladelic release to his name, can we finally drop the silly "folktronica" tag?

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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