[midlife 150] #139: four tet “slow jam”

April 4, 2010

#139 Slow Jam by Four Tet (taken from Rounds, 2003)

Folktronica (ugh, hate that label) pioneer turned unlikely free jazz explorer – via his collaborations with Steve Reid – Kieran Hebden’s recordings as Four Tet seek to make synthetic the organic in music. Emotion is atomised then reconstituted in mutant form, becoming newly affecting in the process(ing).

Slow Jam, from 2003’s Rounds, exemplifies this. Taking a guitar riff that could well have been recorded by his erstwhile group, Fridge, Hebden gradually shifts the instrumental context that surrounds it until it achieves perfect emotional pitch.

If you catch it (or it catches you) at the right time, in the right mind, it can stay with you long after its final glitch of white noise.

This review is part of close to 94 ‘s [midlife 150] series, which counts down favourite music 1970-2009.

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