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Album Review

Autechre create a fascinating sonic world on their fifth album release, where electronic pulses and blips are used to create fantastic textural waves. Members Sean Booth and Rob Brown prove they've become masters of programming throughout, issuing a more than suitable follow-up to their critically praised 1995 release, Tri Repetae++ (1997's Chiastic Slide wasn't considered a true follow-up by the band). Although it may be hard to take for those uninitiated into Autechre's unique style (it's hard to detect melodies initially), you'll discover something new with each repeated listen. Since all the songs are cut from the same sonic cloth, the album is best when listened to in its entirety, but the tracks "Acroyear2," "Rae," and "Fold4, Wrap5" are definite highlights. Although not for everyone, LP5 should be admired, since it's not comparable to anything past or present. Uncompromisingly cutting-edge.

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Love it

Though, not a place to begin for Autechre. Start with Amber.

Did you really just say that?

Two tracks? Is this a pop album? Shoot, maybe Autechre should release its "Greatest Hits" next. But really, this isn't supposed to be accessible. If you enjoy sonic complexity and subtlety, on the other hand, you'll love this album.


Autechre takes the mechanical/industrial/robotic/insect-like structures hinted at on Tri Repetae forward by leaps and bounds, while still cushioning it all on the warm sinuous waves and minimal melodies that comprised Amber's best moments. There are moments of relative quiet, when the jittering clicks and static relax into a kind of slow fumbling funk…and moments of hyperkinetic urgency when the sonic insects work themselves into a frenzy of clicks and squeaks….but it all feels of a piece, there is sonic unity amongst the tracks, and if the listener can get past the initial reaction to the music's synthetic, machine-generated sound structures, the result is immersion in a sonic world that is actually quite organic and life-like in nature. The 'artificial' sounds employed here betray a musical and rhythmic structure that seems to have evolved naturally, on its own, on some distant planet where life consists of platinum alloys and electronic circuitry instead of carbon chains and DNA. 50 years after this album was released, it will still sound like the future.


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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