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Review: Fridge, The Sun

Fridge is a trio composed of Kieran Hebden (guitar, electronics), Adem Ilhan (bass) and Sam Jeffers (percussion).  The three met and put out their first CD while they were in high fridgeschool, attracted positive critical attention over several albums, and then disbanded while Jeffers went to college and Ilhan (as Adem) and Hebden (as Four Tet) pursued solo careers.  They’re back together and “The Sun” is their first album since 2001’s “Happiness”.

Fridge’s music falls into the category commonly called post rock which is usually pulse, as opposed to beat, oriented music that is focused on repeating riffs and figures rather than melody and is played primarily with the typical electric instuments of rock.  Mogwai and Sigur Rós are two prominent examples.  In a refreshing change of pace, Fridge avoids the ebb-and-flow cycling from quiet to crashing to quiet (rinse and repeat) that structures so much of this type of music that it has become a tired cliché.  Given that Hebden’s work as Four Tet has been the most musically prominent of the three since they last recorded, it’s suprising that “The Sun” is so solidly based on Jeffers’ drumming which lies at the focus of many of the tracks on the CD.  With one or two exceptions, most of the tracks on “The Sun” make for both harmonically pleasant and rhythmically interesting music.  Tracks like “Insects” with its atonal horn line and album closer “Years and Years and Years . . .” which at just under six minutes of ambient noodling feels like it lives up to its name are the exceptions rather than the rule.

“The Sun” is a welcome album in that it is likely to be attractive to both fans of post rock and listeners who have in interest in opening their ears and checking out this type of music for the first time.  Hebden, Ilhan and Jeffers play well together and they have reunited to make an album that both repays repeated listenings and refreshes a style of music that had become somewhat stale and predictable.

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01/16/2008 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews

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