Five years seems like a lot in music. Back in 04-05, when IDM was still considered a sole genre in electronic music, when the Ninja Tune label was still notorious for its great releases and when eclectic electronic music was still indie as ever, there were a few artists that could do no wrong. That were legendary composers in my book. Among these were much underrated Boards of Canada, Amon Tobin and Four Tet. After a 5 year (hiatus) with sporadic remixes, EP’s, mixes and collaborative efforts with legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid, Kieran Hebden’s fifth full length finally sees the light of day.
I’ve been most intrigued by his shift in style coming from his 2008 Ringer EP and Wolf Club/Moth joint with Burial. It becomes much clearer that Hebden’s BFF(?) aka Burial is a big influence, leaning closer to stretchy dubstep, gradually swelling chords and haunting progression. However, he never abandons his organic melodious roots and swift glitch style of electronic music. Further more, as revolutionary as Hebden was in the past, blending folk instruments with electronica on 2003′s Rounds, the more he perfects his style of altering sounds and creating an atmosphere on There is Love in You. Evocative, shimmering, yet subtle ever-mutating tracks couldn’t sound more blissful than this.