The Four Worlds

Mark Pritchard - The Four Worlds
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #593 / 716
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2018 Ratings: #690
March 23, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp / Label
Ambient, Electronic / Genres
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The Four Worlds has the confident feel of an artist who’s doing pretty much exactly what he wants to do.

Northern Transmissions

In this latest release, Pritchard creates microcosms in his music to tell little stories across something that resembles scores more often than experimental dance music.


A wonderfully poignant album that leaves you wanting more, The Four Worlds is proof that restraint can sing louder than excess.


This is only half the length of Under the Sun, just over 30 minutes in duration -- roughly the same size as the supplemental remixes and outtakes set that preceded it, in fact -- but it has a similarly big-screen and disparate, primarily beat-less approach to ambient music.

Loud and Quiet
What turns this record from innocuous to annoying is the vague, Radiohead-shallow political “commentary” of its spoken word tracks, featuring Gregory Whitehead and The Space Lady, suggesting Steve Reich’s tape experiments with none of the heft. A lacklustre chronicle, indeed.
Some great concepts on this mini album. One or two tracks are atmospheric but rather drawn out, so personally I find myself skipping through those until I get to the album’s highlights.
The changing between ominous and luminous vibe makes the album well-balanced, the clear layer of synth groovy and orchestral instrument also constructs the album with an elegant landscape. Mark Pritchard explores further not only music genres but also how to express more in a minimal framework. The scenario is geographically changed with its vibe – sometimes it seems a dark wave underneath the surface, sometimes the endless universe covers you and in certain occasion it likes probing into ... read more
"Glasspops" is easily the stand-out track but as a whole, 'The Four Worlds' is an enjoyable minimalistic electronic album.
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Track List

  1. Glasspops
  2. Circle of Fear
  3. Come Let Us (feat. Gregory Whitehead)
  4. The Arched Window
  5. S.O.S. (feat. The Space Lady)
  6. Parkstone Melody II
  7. Mên-An-Tol
  8. The Four Worlds
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Added on: February 7, 2018