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Odds n' Sods

Warp records puts out stuff that's both excellent and slightly bonkers and interolerable. So, before Tri Repitae ++, Autechre released Incunubula and Amber, a pair of records that best describe Booth & Brown's initial blunder through the dark. Pros: a majority of the tunes they come up with here are rather good, if a bit more organic-sounding than what they'd be doing later in their career, moving further and further away from these cold, snowy soundscapes and more towards slow, disatopian soundscapes. "Foil" is a haunting beauty, riding a faint drum loop over a digeridoo-type synth groove, and "Yulquen" is a gentle, Eno-like wash of faint squiggles. "Montreal", "Nil", "Silverside" and the epic "Further" also reward repeated listens, but other tunes are maddeningly flat, with little to no pay off ("Slip" slightly redeems itself halfway through). The second problem is that this record is too long; at nearly 80 minutes, it's too long and the payoff is fleeting. Many of the tracks here could've been edited down to the length of "Nine", and be more interesting than it. Sadly, the absolutely majestic centerpiece "Further" cannot be bought seperately, but if you feel you can live without it, so be it. I can bet than many fans of ambient and IDM will still get a kick out of the other tracks also mentioned.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Like Aphex Twin, Autechre were about as close to being experimental techno superstars as the tenets of their genre and the limitations of their audience allowed. Through a series of full-length works and a smattering of EPs on Warp, Clear, and their own Skam label, Autechre consistently garnered the praise of press and public alike. Unlike many of their more club-bound colleagues, however, Autechre's Sean Booth and Rob Brown had roots planted firmly in American electro, and though the more mood-based,...
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