Autechre
Tri Repetae


4.5
superb

Review

by Ben Greenbank USER (41 Reviews)
October 8th, 2008 | 557 replies | 35,269 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark, depressing, desolate and dismal.....but hey! the music's awesome!

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

If art is a product of environment then Autechre should make truly horrendous music. As you have no doubt glanced at the rating in the top left corner of your browser it’s clear this is not the case. To bring some clarity to things Autechre are Rob Brown and Sean Booth an electronic duo from Rochdale, a satellite town if you like as Manchester, England (birthplace of Oasis, The Smiths and Joy Division to name but a few). Rochdale is what we in the north refer to as a ***hole. It’s what Newark is to New Jersey and what Nanterre is to Paris and is as close as Britain comes to the ghetto.

Of course for years huge waves in music have been born from the most unpleasant circumstances. So of what relevance is this to Autechre? Well where as hip hop, jazz and even punk represented a fight back and a stand (or at the very least a distraction) by their creators against their environment, Autechre created their art as a mirror of their environment. “Tri Repetae” is the spirit of Radiohead’s “Kid A” and “OK Computer” (despite obviously preceding them both) taken to its most extreme conclusions and where as Thom Yorke loves to deal with the soullessness of modern life and separation from reality as lyrical themes, Autechre have created it in an unabridged musical form. They have taken the bleakest of themes of depression and isolation and made them even less identifiable, by taking away any vocal or live instrumental element they have removed any human aspect and turned those emotions into the most emotionless of compositions. Of course the whole thing is an oxymoron because while the music itself is stripped of any kind of passion it’s that absence which proves the records strength and makes for an incredibly powerful and enjoyable piece of music.

As with any piece of music in this style to pick and pull at certain tracks is to miss the point of the album entirely. “Tri Repetae” is a swirling world of constantly evolving glitch tracks combined with hard bass and drum loops all written in competing time signatures. The entire form and construction of their music was groundbreaking for their time and signalled a great leap forward for the genre. Much of their music builds in a linear fashion with loops stepping on top of each other over the course of songs rather than operating in pop music style cycles and texture is created not with earthy or melodic synth tones (there probably isn’t a melodic note on the whole record) but with cold, alien blasts of noise giving the songs on almost no-wave style aura in that Autechre have completely disregarded what most people would consider music, forsaking structure, melody and anything which resembles traditional music creation. The attention to detail here is really something to behold and where as there is perhaps a negative stereotype of electronic music of being the same six loops played for six minutes this couldn’t be further from the truth with regards to Autechre. Beneath the focal loops of the tracks there is constantly something fresh bubbling under the surface of the album waiting to explode or recess again into the background.

In terms of Autechre’s back catalogue ‘Tri Repetae’ is generally regarded as the bands finest work and is the bridge between their Kraftwerk inspired past and their avant garde future. As both a landmark album for the genre and the band it is an essential album for any fan of electronic music and a great starting point for a new listener.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
lunchforthesky
October 8th 2008



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As a note I reviewed to UK version of this which doesn't include the bonus disc, but as no one had reviewed either version it seemed superfluous to add a new album when this didn't have a review, as well as it having plenty ratings.

Willie
Moderator
October 8th 2008



15911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review for an excellent album.

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Elixirs
October 8th 2008



93 Comments


autechre got pretty lame after this album

Murmur
October 8th 2008



69 Comments


Would you recomend this or Amber first?

Willie
Moderator
October 8th 2008



15911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd reccomend this first. Then work backwards.

lunchforthesky
October 8th 2008



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This.

Zebra
Moderator
October 8th 2008



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of my favorite Autechre albums. Your review was pretty good but I dont think that this was as groundbreaking as you made it out to be.

Glomp
December 28th 2008



81 Comments


I heard some of this and loved it, I'll have to pick it up soon. Well done on the review.

Avirov
February 8th 2009



1206 Comments


album art is wrong.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Ebilspy-L._SS500_.jpg

Great review.

Meatplow
September 2nd 2009



5524 Comments


This seems to be the groups most popular album but it doesn't really stand out for me as a whole after several listens, as good as it is.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2010



31085 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bullshit

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2010



31085 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[img]http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/image.php?u=229266&dateline=1276059863[/img]
Possibly your best yet Plow

Potats: I encourage you to spend more time with this

Slipping Away
June 9th 2010



1261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that tongue is freaking me out

scissorlocked
September 9th 2010



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm starting to adore this

really creepy album

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2010



31085 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'Eutow' is so good

Adash
November 7th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so this is god
god god
god
god god

Meatplow
November 7th 2010



5524 Comments


still prefer Incunabula and Amber

Gyromania
November 29th 2010



15490 Comments


Would I like this?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



31085 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is their best album as far as I'm concerned. Its the album where I think they reached their creative peak, its also one of their last albums before they told structure to take a hike

Gyromania
November 29th 2010



15490 Comments


Just listened to Eutow... I need this album.



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