Four Tet, Taking the Sparse Up a Notch

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Music played by Four Tet for 'World Cafe':

  • "Joy"
  • "Your Were There with Me"

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The music of Four Tet picks at the intersection of analog and digital, personal and electronic. Four Tet — the talented Brit Kieran Hebden — shapes sparse, intimate sounds into substantial songs.

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hide captionFour Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, is based in London.

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Those songs have often started with quiet, repetitive rhythms that evolve into layered soundscapes or even — rarely — a full-blown song with lyrics. But somewhere in the mix, the undercurrent of minimalism could always be detected.

More recently, Hebden has been fostering a more aggressive sound, with peppy drum tracks underpinning a blend of raucous live playing and ethereal electronics.

The results can be heard on Everything Ecstatic, released in May of 2005; it follows his well-received Rounds of 2003.

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