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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Fat Possum
The Sun
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: 8.4/10 ?

June 20, 2007
There's an old saying that fits Fridge perfectly, something along the lines of If you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

If that old adage is true (which it must be, God said it in Futurama), then UK instrumental trio Fridge have without a doubt done things right on their first album in six years, The Sun. The proof that they have done something is material - there's an album sitting right here in front of me - but the release's 52 minutes of experimental beauty drifts through the air so freely and naturally, it is as though Fridge's sounds are not trapped in a disc of polycarbonate, aluminum and acrylic lacquer at all, but rather embedded in the sub-conscious and intertwined with the atmosphere, like they've always been there, existing for no other reason than to make the world around us sound better.

Of course that is not to say that The Sun is background music that can simply be tuned out or paid little attention to - far from it. The album's opening title track follows a trail blazed by free jazz-styled drumming, grabbing your attention and dragging you along an improvised path by the reigns of your own curiosity.

The three gents who comprise Fridge - guitarist Kieran Hebden (also of Four Tet fame), bassist Adem Ilhan (who records for Domino as Adem) and drummer Sam Jeffers (who has also contributed to works by UNKLE and Hot Chip) - seem to enjoy such violent aural kidnappings.

For the better part of an hour, the trio's experimental pop melodies create their own breeze that, in a very Zen-like manner, becomes one with the surroundings of the listener. Fridge accomplish the feat not by laying down tracks that are so much background music but more by finding a way to swap the white noise of daily distractions with a kind of sonic bubble of sweet sounds.

Breezy and sweet as they are, The Sun's cuts take the opportunity, at regular intervals, to keep the listener honest with surprises; raising the tempo, upping the intensity or throwing in an off-kilter guitar part where a pattern might dictate electronics. The result is an interesting assortment of sounds where the usual guitars and drums are present, along with keyboards, computers, and a plethora of unique sounds that are near impossible to place. Everything is thrown together with such gentle and precise force that although you're sure Fridge must have done something, it is almost as though The Sun has simply always been there, without anybody ever doing anything.

If this album is anything to go by, Fridge have clearly done things absolutely right.

Reviewed by Chris Skoyles
A contributing writer for LAS based in Manchester, UK, Chris Skoyles covers music, movie and theatre reviews, as well as occasional features on entertainment, pop culture and social issues.

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