Show Review: Four Tet @ The Mohawk (3/1)

Kieran HebdenKieran Hebden is a collector. A hunter-gather of sorts. With fine antiquities or rare stamps, the value of a collection is often determined by the finicky demand of the market. Hebden’s assemblage is a more specialized and unquantifiable archive; at least to the lay-person. Known lovingly as Four-Tet, the London-based producer collects music, or more specifically, samples. Little snippets of carefully curated melody or rythym. Like any artist, the real magic happens in the process and with an ever-growing presence in the electronic world, Four-Tet has managed to become a house-hold name with his ability to build stunning tracks from basically nothing but his snippits.

On Saturday night, he returned to the Capitol city with a new set of offerings on display. The market was indeed ripe.

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Contest: Four Tet @ Mohawk (3/1)

FourTetThis is a pretty solid weekend for shows in Austin with everything from big acts like The Pixies, all the way down to some of our local favorites like The Sour Notes.  One show to keep on your radar has got to be electro mastermind Four Tet playing at Mohawk on Saturday.  We’re running a giveaway for the show with deets below:

Up for grabs: Your name with +1 on the press list

How to enter: Leave a comment below about anything you want!

We will pick a winner at random sometime in the afternoon on Friday so get your entries in!  Don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch with the winner.

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Download: Four Tet – Angel Echoes [MP3]

Show Pics: FFF6 Day One

Fun Fun Fun Fest Six photo coverage begins.

There is a lot to go through; here is but a smattering. Day One features Cloud Nothings, people getting tattoed, The Gosling, dust, YACHT, The Thermals, The Oh Sees, more dust, Okkervill River, Four Tet, bandanas (wearing one right now) and a couple filler shots from the house.

Head past the break for a couple of stories, the pics and a link to even more pics…

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Four Tet @ Mohawk (2/20)

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Date 2/20/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 8pm
Tickets $12 from Frontgate

While we may not have been too crazy about his new album, Four Tet should still put on a solid live show at Mohawk on Saturday night.  The electro mastermind will be joined on the stage by Nathan Fake.  Stick around after the headlining set outside and head inside for sets by L.A.X. and Many Birthdays.

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Download: Four Tet – Angel Echoes [MP3]

Four Tet – There Is Love in You

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Rating: ★★ · · ·

Kieran Hebden has been at this game longer than most, so it’s no surprise that people expected big things from his latest effort under the Four Tet moniker.   There Is Love In You has already garnered a lot of interest over the Internet, though one must look at it through their own looking glass in order to fully evaluate where this record falls.

For me, I’m not one to fall easily for Intelligent Dance Music, and it really has to be something to knock me off my feet in order me to appreciate it, let alone even contemplate trying to understand it.  I remember Aphex Twin videos blowing me away, but that was based more upon twisted imagery in the videos.  DJ Shadow blew me away, but at the time, I had a faint interest in hip-hop.  But now, I’m not really into that sort of thing, especially since it lacks solid vocal involvement, which is one of the main reasons I listen to the stuff I do.

Now, as far as this album goes, I’m going to have to stand on the sidelines and watch the rest of the adoring fans as they chase Kieran Hebden around.  Song after song just seems like really simple loops being placed atop each other at certain intervals.  At times, like during the aptly titled “Sing,” you get some fearful moaning of sorts in the background, but nothing worthy of latching onto as a whole.

For me, there has to be some sort of sharp shift in the music, some sort of influential piece of movement within a song, and this, by and large doesn’t really seem to have that sort of craftsmanship to it.  Given, the use of space and timing here does seem to accomplish the affects that Hebden is associated with in his work, but I can’t lie and tell you that any of it is all that interesting. After more than a dozen listens, this album only made me focus more on my immediate surroundings as opposed to this record, which I suppose is a lot to say for an album.

The duration of There Is Love In You allows for the listener to look within himself (herself, if you so choose) while the content of the loops and layering of sounds only makes things appear more cosmic, in a sense.  You can feel yourself being absorbed into your surrounding, sinking within yourself, and that is entirely due to the non-invasive quality of the music on Four Tet‘s latest album.  It’s perfect for what it is.  It allows you to successfully pass the time while being absorbed in your own world.  Perhaps my anxiety about the world’s plights have always served as a blockage to my understanding of IDM, and for that I apologize.  Remember, this is just one man’s opinion of walking alone with this album, absorbed in himself for once, thanks to this album.