Four Tet – Parallel & 871 Album Review

Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, has been a busy boy this 12 months, he is already launched a 16 monitor album, Sixteen Oceans, in addition to the 4T Recordings EP and Baby single. Earlier within the 12 months Hebden teamed up with Thom York and Burial to collaborate on the singles Her Revolution and His Rope and he is already bought work deliberate within the pipeline with Madlib for Sound Ancestors. As if that weren’t sufficient for one 12 months Kieran determined to drop not one however two new albums concurrently on Christmas Day.


The new Four Tet albums are titled Parallel and 871. Both are over an hour lengthy and each are equally distinctive. Parallel is a ten monitor sonic exploration that begins with an epic 26m46s monitor, Parallel 1. The fairly magnificent audible magnificence that Kieran Hebden has created is one thing to behold. Hebden takes you thru mild undulations and delicately shifting patterns, subtly altering the route and rhythm with a deft, gossamer contact.  

Parallel 1

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The ambient nature of Parallel 1 makes for a straightforward pay attention with it is prolonged and stretched notes and it is restricted use of any vocal intrusion. The hum of the music and the gently unfolding soundtrack are at occasions hypnotic. Parallel 2, in addition to Parallel 8, strikes the beat up a couple of notches and is extra dance oriented while nonetheless sustaining a obscure ambient core. This is extra Bonobo territory than Brian Eno. Parallel 4 touches on related floor with it is deep bass beats, excessive keys and occasional backing vocal while Parallel 6 is an altogether lighter, percussively structured monitor with nearly no bass line in any respect.

The album is closed out by Parallel 10, the ultimate half of which is akin to a lightweight association of free kind Jazz performed out on the piano. The combination of musical textures which have been employed throughout Parallel alone are spectacular however whenever you couple that along with his earlier work, and the opposite album that he launched on the identical day, you’ll be able to’t assist however be blown away. 

871 is a really totally different album to Parallel. The 20 monitor album, numbered sequentially from 0000 871 0001 by way of to 0000 871 0020, remains to be largely instrumental and really experimental however veers extra in the direction of using typical instrumentation. At occasions Four Tet’s album even sounds post-industrial in nature. Track one might be Einstürzende Neubauten and monitor three might be Donovan, the album will not be one which you may pin down simply however it’s all the higher for it. On 871 tracks vary from 18 seconds (A sequence of chiming bells) to over 9 minutes (A post-apocalyptic soundscape filled with static). Some are arresting and a few are delicate and comforting (0060) however all are inventive and totally different. Parts of 871 are like listening to noises from area (0019), you may even be forgiven for pondering ‘0014’ featured the Clangers while different tracks, together with 0016, are fairly orchestral (In an industrial noise kinda means!)

With 871 and Parallel Kieran Hebden has created two distinctly totally different, very particular person albums which can be each difficult and rewarding to hearken to. The sonic journey that Hebden takes you on isn’t predictable and is nearly all the time inspirational and ahead pondering. Hebden will not be an artist that’s comfy in a single place for lengthy and along with his newest releases he has as soon as once more pushed issues forward along with his experimental explorations in music. 



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