It may have been a while since Fridge's last record (2001's Happiness), but contrary to what some may think the band never went away, never went on sabbatical and certainly never broke up - they just stretched a little at the edges, and ended up with a bigger, wider sound than ever for their new record, The Sun. The pure and simple fun of playing music with friends that you can hear in a garage pours off the record. It's the impulse behind everything the band does. But The Sun is still orchestrated with all the musical intelligence to be heard on the Adem and Four Tet records. Process is key, with the studio itself being integrated as one of the instruments Fridge 'play'. But really it's Fridge's harmonies that hold The Sun together, joining up the dots between their disparate interests and influences. It's not a part of the band's sound that gets recognized enough, but there are plenty of tunes here that will get stuck in your head for weeks.
released May 14, 2007
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