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Autechre Ranked

I just recently finished listening to Quaristice so this ranking is obviously subject to change, as a lot of Autechre's best albums take a long time to fully reveal themselves, but now that I've heard all their LPs, I've decided to rank them. The new one, Exai, is a fucking beast.
Chiastic Slide

How a group can go from creating one of the most gripping, stunning masterpieces of modern music to creating such a bland, fidgety, formless piece of sound-art in only 2 years is beyond me. But alas, Autechre found a way. Thankfully, this slide into unlistenability didn't last long, though it had one or two revivals later on in their career.

A lot of this is tolerable, but most of it is hindered by having no sense of structure or rhythm. I get that that was "the point" but it doesn't make for an enjoyable listening experience. There are some good moments, but not nearly enough.
Draft 7.30

I've listened to this at least two dozen times but still can't remember any of the songs. It's one of those sorts of albums: not bad, just kind of forgettable.

A brief glimmer of hope. Perhaps a return to form was in the cards? They had just followed up their best album with their worst, but LP5 showed signs of progress. It was abandoned though, and the next five or so years saw Autechre making their most meaningless, formless, and forgettable music ever.

Like I said, I just heard this for the first time today, so I'm still digesting it. At the moment, I feel like it is definitely a solid album, very mind-fuck-y, which is cool, but it suffers at times from not having a clear identity like Untilted did (which came out directly preceeding this album). But likely I am just missing something and it will all click on my tenth listen, we'll see.

Their debut was a massive accomplishment, and most groups would be proud to have this as their best album. But for the up and coming Manchester duo, this was only the start of an illustrious career filled with many notable releases.

The most cohesive sounding album since the Tri Repetae days; a sign of things to come.

I misread the album title until today. Underrated album here.

Don't dismiss this if you don't like it right away. I was underwhelmed when I first listened, but this double-LP is laced with so much subtle brilliance that it takes at least a handful of spins before Exai reveals itself to you.

The Autechre album to listen to while taking a bath.
Tri Repetae

Still my favourite electronic LP of all time. Even though my favourite song is on the ++ compilation's second disc (Second Bad Vibel, check it out), the original Tri Repetae is a cohesive masterpiece, the likes of which the world of IDM/techno does not see very often. It's cold and inhuman, but something about is it gripping and addicting.
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