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Album Review

Despite the dozens of experimental electronics producers constantly nipping at their heels, Autechre remained at the forefront of academic sound processing with a highly awaited sixth full album. Whether pushing the next new thing in 2001 is enough to keep listeners coming back to this LP years later is a much different question, and the assault of non-rhythmic beats sprayed all over Confield is enough to keep most from even trying. Opener "VI Scose Poise" is a bouncing-ball-in-a-ring-modulator production that reveals only a few of Autechre's excellent minor-key melodies, while the second off, "Cfern," keeps listeners guessing as well with a parade of conflicting rhythms and head-spinning beats. In fact, it's a palpable relief when "Cfern" leads directly into more straightforward electro territory with "Pen Expers." There are faint glimpses of the melancholy beauty of Autechre's early work, but this experimental, rigidly academic work is a record to respect, not enjoy.

Customer Reviews

Love it

I personally love this album and find it constantly inspiring, interesting and at times yes, beautiful. Perception of music is highly subjective and personal, so to go and denounce someone for how they perceive certain pieces of music is moronic and requires its own level of pomp and arrogance.


Proper good tunes. Play this at a party and you're guaranteed to get everyone moving.

Perfect pedigree

Pen Expers is a delight, and is a perfect example of what music should be. It possesses excellent disposition, and has clearly been bred from distinguished ancestry (I imagine LP5 x Chiastic Slide).

The rest of the album is also excellent, offering surprises and delights in unexpected ways: noise could never be this good in anyone else's hands. Sean and Rob are excellent breeders, and worthy of many great accolades.

Also, enjoy the track names whilst you're here.


Formed: 1987 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, Eng

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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