Rounds

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Four Tet's electronic instrumentals fall somewhere between the post-Eno IDM "intelligent dance music" of Aphex Twin or Autechre and the genre-splicing post-rock of Tortoise or Stereolab. In other words, these alternately busy and serene soundscapes have rhythm in their soul. Despite the suggestion of his chosen moniker, Four Tet is actually the work of one Kieran Hebden, who also plays in the British group Fridge. On Rounds, his third album as Four Tet, Hebden layers textures, both organic and synthetic, with an ear for melody. "My Angel Rocks Back and Forth" evolves slowly, its understated urgency recalling Portishead, as static-y sounds and gentle taps weave a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Four Tet's electronic instrumentals fall somewhere between the post-Eno IDM "intelligent dance music" of Aphex Twin or Autechre and the genre-splicing post-rock of Tortoise or Stereolab. In other words, these alternately busy and serene soundscapes have rhythm in their soul. Despite the suggestion of his chosen moniker, Four Tet is actually the work of one Kieran Hebden, who also plays in the British group Fridge. On Rounds, his third album as Four Tet, Hebden layers textures, both organic and synthetic, with an ear for melody. "My Angel Rocks Back and Forth" evolves slowly, its understated urgency recalling Portishead, as static-y sounds and gentle taps weave a rhythmic backdrop for tender, vaguely Eastern string pluckings. "She Moves She," on the other hand, begins with a funky breakbeat, before the surrounding space is populated with chiming bells, electronic interjections, and the track's recurring hook, also plucked out on a stringed instrument. With his simple beats, warm electronic textures, and artfully placed organic sounds, Hebden has conceived an album that -- like Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children -- boasts enough smarts for the armchair electronica cognoscenti and enough melodic appeal to attract even casual fans.
All Music Guide - John Bush
For his solo projects, Fridge's Kieran Hebden is a lo-fi experimentalist who, had he been recording 15 years ago, would've been cranking out songs on a four-track recorder instead of a laptop. As demonstrated on his third record, Rounds, he's one of the few musicians capturing all the promise inherent in computer science -- being able to summon, manipulate, and mix any sound imaginable. The record offers something for nearly every audience that could approach it, with a bit of a groove for electronic fans, an obtuse sense of music-making for experimentalists, and a dreamy melodicism sure to endear it to indie pop fans. The opener, "Hands," is especially breathtaking: it begins with a few seconds of drum samples, surgically inserted and ill-timed, but opens into a warm, melodic production with a simple frame-kit beat outlining Hebden's guitar-and-keyboard atmospherics. "My Angel Rocks Back and Forth" features a music box melody playing against softly shaded, backmasked guitar and a subdued, grating percussion line reminiscent of an iron lung. The nine-minute "Unspoken" alternates guitar and piano playing the same beatific melody, over another simple beat and tambourine claps. Though Rounds is experimental by nature, Kieran Hebden's gift for melody and emotional shading allows his records to be enjoyed by an audience wider than merely experimental listeners.
Spin Magazine - Will Hermes
Four Tet has rescued down-tempo electronica from solemn techies and wine-bar burnouts. (A-)
NME - Tony Naylor
Both innovative and friendly.... Few record sound this now, this timeless, this heartfelt, this side of Bjork at her best. (9)
Blender - James Hunter
[Hebden] treats software as a rocky road to hummable compositions of seductively intricate invention.

Four Tet has rescued down-tempo electronica from solemn techies and wine-bar burnouts. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2003
  • Label: Domino Records Uk
  • EAN: 5034202012610
  • Catalog Number: 0201261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hands (5:41)
  2. 2 She Moves She (4:41)
  3. 3 First Thing (1:13)
  4. 4 My Angel Rocks Back and Forth (5:07)
  5. 5 Spirit Fingers (3:22)
  6. 6 Unspoken (9:31)
  7. 7 Chia (0:32)
  8. 8 As Serious as Your Life (4:48)
  9. 9 And They All Look Broken Hearted (5:09)
  10. 10 Slow Jam (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Four Tet Primary Artist
Kieran Hebden Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Kieran Hebden Producer
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