Why this record?
During his speech to the America’s Cup crews in 1962, JFK spoke about the haunting quality of the sea: “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea…We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” And he’s right isn’t he. There’s something in us that aches when we’re near it.
The same could be said for space. One way or another we’ve found ourselves on the crumbling edge of a great astro-continental shelf and we cannot see the bottom. It’s terrifying. It’s silent. It’s pure. The last great capital u Unknown. An infinite humility peeling inward, like a deepening blue.
Kieran Hebden, better known as Four Tet, has spent his career sonaring those depths and showing us what he’s found. More shaman than songwriter, Kieran has a way of divining existing sounds into sacred spaces that blur the line (if there is one) between meditation and liberation. Spaces that turn the dance floor into a kind of church where our questions of identity and origin meld into the rhythmic acceptance of letting things run their course. He’s patient, precise, and soft hearted enough to find things that resonate and let them speak for themselves, and he never asks any questions he’s expecting you to answer.
We’re featuring Pink both for its substance and for its trajectory. It’s unique in both, and each time we listen to it, beginning to end, we feel like we’ve been out through the atmosphere and back again. It’s elegant, in a Paolo Sorrentino-directed sort of way, and the great beauty of this record is its ability to entrance you over and over again. Where you end up each time is up in the air, this record is versatile, but its heart is good and it won’t lead you astray. We promise.