My girlfriend has been playing a lot of Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) recently and I must say; I love it. I’m a bit behind she tells me. No shit! He’s been going since 1998.
Anyway, better late than never. Hebden’s work seems to often ignore the norms of form and structure and treat each piece as some kind of abstract wonder. It lends the music an art aesthetic and maybe has more to do with Shoenberg than, say, Springsteen.
He uses each melody almost as a sample which can be dropped out or reintroduced whenever. It really is quite thrilling stuff.
I advise anybody reading this that isn’t familiar with Four Tet to check out Angel Echoes, Love Cry and Circling right away.