Reviews

Four Tet

After two years of hibernation, Four Tet returns with Everything Ecstatic, a manic and unhinged album of free-jazz blowouts and psychedelic, Terry Riley-inspired "all-night flights." Long gone are the soporific sped-up acoustic guitar and gamelan samples of earlier albums. Songs such as "Sun Drums and Soil" and "Sleep, Eat Food, Have Visions" feature long stretches of roiling, free percussion; wailing horns; off-kilter beats; and cascades of psilocybin-laced synthesizer bursts. While the listless qualities of Four Tet's earlier work easily slip from memory, the exhilarating intensity of Everything Ecstatic cannot be ignored.

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