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Sixteen Oceans (LRS edition)
Released: 29th January 2021
|LP||£33.99||Pre-Order||Dispatched on or before Friday 29th January 2021|
Love Record Stores Independent Album Of The Year edition, 5 colour splatter with clear base.
Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet seems to have arrived in its own permanent place. At the moment every record by this by now heritage brand feels like a classic. Sixteen Oceans which bears closest comparison with his 2017 set, New Energy, is no exception. In places it feels like the perfect accompaniment to the best slow swimming you will ever experience. At a time when lives are more often spent indoors, Sixteen Oceans feels very outdoors and bold. Partly it’s the way he uses field recordings and textures but it’s in the melodic choices too. Teenage Birdsong, one of the many standouts, sounds like To Rococo Rot playing in a lovely European field. This kind of graceful glaze is almost too perfect for these times. There are disruptions of course, a cheeky grin never far away as he inserts a little oddness into the flow. If the shop was open just now this would without doubt be a daily play, a record that we can all get on with.
A1 School, A2 Baby, A3 Harpsichord, A4 Teenage Birdsong, A5 Romantics
B1 Love Salad, B2 Insect Near Piha Beach, B3 Hi Hello, B4 ISTM, B5 Something In The Sadness
C1 1993 Band Practice, C2 Green, C3 Bubbles At Overlook 25th March 2019, C4 4T Recordings,
C5 This Is For You, C6 Mama Teaches Sanskrit