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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.
11Autechre
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.
10Autechre
Confield


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.
9Autechre
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.
8Autechre
LP5


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.
7Autechre
Quaristice


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.
6Autechre
Incunabula


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.
5Autechre
Oversteps


The most cohesive sounding album since the Tri Repetae days; a sign of things to
come.
4Autechre
Untilted


I misread the album title until today. Underrated album here.
3Autechre
Exai


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.
2Autechre
Amber


The Autechre album to listen to while taking a bath.
1Autechre
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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