Editors' Notes Over 20 years into his career, Kieran Hebden continues to soothe, surprise and subvert genres on 10th album Sixteen Oceans. The record contains some of his most up-front tracks yet, and his most minimal. Although the producer has remixed for Rihanna and Sia, it’s still a surprise to hear Ellie Goulding’s vocals (and, of course, chopped up) on “Baby”, while single “Teenage Birdsong” is another highlight, as synth, flute and harpsichord sounds converge over intricate, crunching drums. Birds, insects and nature feature across the entire record—“Green” puts you in the middle of a rainforest in its first section before giving way to sci-fi bleeps, and “Romantics” conjures images of seas and sunlight. The final third of the album strips away percussion altogether and leaves ambient chimes, drones and whirs, precisely the meditative vibe needed for 2020.

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School
1
4:02
 
Baby
2
4:24
 
Harpsichord
3
2:53
 
Teenage Birdsong
4
3:25
 
Romantics
5
4:57
 
Love Salad
6
7:20
 
Insect Near Piha Beach
7
5:15
 
Hi Hello
8
0:48
 
ISTM
9
0:40
 
Something in the Sadness
10
5:11
 
1993 Band Practice
11
1:05
 
Green
12
3:48
 
Bubbles at Overlook 25th March 2019
13
1:03
 
4T Recordings
14
3:17
 
This Is for You
15
2:05
 
Mama Teaches Sanskrit
16
4:24
 

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