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Everything Ecstatic

4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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From his critically-acclaimed, yet timid debut as a side solo project from avant-rock outfit Fridge to his last album ranking as one of the seminal electronic records of this decade, Four Tet has become one of the most recognised names around, reaching far beyond the usual realms of electronic music. In just three albums, he has defined his own recognisable sound, rooted in psychedelic rock, spiritual jazz and contemporary dance music, and spurted hordes of followers. Everything Ecstatic is in many ways a very different record from its predecessors. Right from its title to the bright colours adorning its front cover and the music featured, this fourth album radiates with joy and enthusiasm. Domino. 2005.

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Between the work of his pioneering band Fridge and the early Four Tet albums, Kieran Hebden did more than help invent "folktronica"; like all artists worth their salt he pushed the boundaries of the form before they were even drawn. Ecstatic is a fiercely rhythmic rollercoaster ride. The opening track, "A Joy," is a bass-heavy number that updates "No More Mosquitoes" from 2001's Pause. The staggered, double drum kit sound on the deliriously woozy, aptly titled "Smile Around the Face," is what the Boredoms might sound like in collaboration with Fraggle Rock . That sounds ridiculous but it's true. Elsewhere, chimes, gongs, bells and whistles enliven this poppy, woozy electronic record. You might even call the whole thing mystical, especially when lost inside the eight minute "Sleep, Eat Food, Have Visions." -–Mike McGonigal
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  • Audio CD (May 31, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B0009ESSGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kieran returns with a shambolic collision of order and chaos. Where "Rounds" was subtle and beautiful, "Everything Ecstatic" is bombastic and forceful.

Dont worry, he hasnt gone and made an industrial metal album!

Basically this album rides the two extremes of "Rounds'" personality: melody and spontaneity.

Where Rounds found a beautiful medium between these two, Everything Ecstatic shows the fight between them.

Crossing the territories of Hip hop, krautrock, foltronica (a label that never completely fit him anyway), spiritual jazz, and post rock, this album comes off as a beautiful mess.

In fact, its more like his work with Fridge than his previous Four Tet releases. Tracks often contain solid beats, and strong melodies that, as the song continues, are completely deconstructed. These tunes often end up in sonic chaos, noise bursts, and complete mayhem, before equilibrium is once again maintained and restored.

It is this collision that makes Everything Ecstatic both a fantastic recording, yet not quite cohesive and purposeful enough for five stars.

You can see the influence that his freindship with Dan Snaith (Caribou/Manitoba) has had. The crashing cymbals, melodic sensibility and sonic frenzies.

But rest assured, there is still a strong sense that this is a Kieran Hebden work. And a fine one at that.

4 stars.
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I have been a big fan of Fourtet ever since I first heard "No More Mosquitos". All of his music was refreshingly creative and easy on the ears. He's demonstrated a keen ability to soften the normally harsher sound of IDM style beats time and time again. You still get a lot of that with "Everything Ecstatic"... real drum kits, guitar riffs and hand claps sampled and chopped, the same organic windchimes and buzzing insects. Luckily, Kieran has expanded his arsenal of sounds to include more traditional techno kits that he uses in some rather non-traditional ways. As another reviewer mentioned, he uses a lot more 303 and 909 patterns. These machines sound so cliched these days, but not here. Kieran breaths new life into them, making 303 patterns sound just as organic and natural as those buzzing mosquito wings. On other tracks he maintains some minimal techno flat beats worthy of Detroits dirtiest tech dancehalls.

This album is fantastic, plain and simple. I am glad to see Fourtet is evolving with the times rather than trying to maintain the status-quo that he helped create.
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I don't like to compare this to "rounds" or "pause" necessarily, but seeing as how this is in the same body of work, I'm kind of obliged. The previous albums had their abstractions and concepts but Everything Ecstatic takes that to an extreme. This album is obviously Kieran Hebdan coming into his Steve-Reid Exchange Sessions musical persona. There is alot less acoustic instrumentation and folk texture and more electric chaos. The record still sounds like four tet made it, but it almost sounds like the magazine articles pushed the "folktronica" tag so much that Hebdan abandoned it, and i don't blame him. It took me awhile as a Four Tet fan before i committed to buying this album, but when i did i still enjoyed it and gave it alot of time. I might go as far as to say I enjoy this more than "Pause", but the two records feel so vastly different that I couldn't justify doing so. Everything Ecstatic wins my praise, but it didn't make me fall in love with the Four Tet style like "Rounds" did.
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i really enjoy this album. it is a lot harder and more forceful than his other releases but it still has that class Hebden sound with noise and glitch which i love. if you havent done so yet, you should probably check out the videos that go along with this album. very well done.

i put this album almost up there with Rounds but i like Rounds just a little bit more. this one i felt like sometimes you had to be more in the "right mood" to listen to it whereas with Rounds i could pop in anywhere. but i do love love this album.

A Joy (a little repetitive but still very awesome)

Smile Around the Face ( i dont know how you couldnt like this song. very happy, perfect noise and spastic drums)

And Then Patterns ( i really enjoy the melody)

High Fives (i think my favorite on the album. the climax at the end is just too perfect. the video for this one is so awesome)

You Were There With Me (very good song. i always find myself repeating this song when it ends. its so beautiful)

good album. Four Tet didnt fail to amaze me again
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Listeners who felt a little short-changed with Four Tet's previous releases due to their somewhat leisurely paced nature, should find "Everything Ecstatic" a refreshing album.

Here we have a far more buoyant and assured release, with less of the "pling plong" found on Pause and Rounds. It sounds like Kieran Hebden was perhaps listening to a lot of Fluke or Advokat whilst making this record.

Also, for the first time, it appears that he has done away with any clear "music style fusion" concept. Here, he toys with many styles, including jazz, funk, progressive rock, and, even acid house! Yep, there are 303's and 909's making their presence here.

Standout tracks are "Sun Drums and Soil" and "And Then Patterns". Great stuff.
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