Autechre
Untilted


3.5
great

Review

by Zettel USER (35 Reviews)
November 7th, 2009 | 57 replies | 8,187 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still refusing to make any concessions, Autechre release an even more over the top piece of work.

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

It starts with silence. Suddenly, a broken and fast series of beats come in. They try to unfold as if they where constrained in a musical vessel. But there's no success. The beats remains basically the same for the first three minutes, until they finally break free, and the scene changes, with some remaining traces of the original beats pounding relieved, quietly. You're now in a sort of limbo, a numb atmosphere reigns, slowly, gradually changing, until the music finally fades out. As repetitive as it is unsettling, "LCC" sets the tone for the entire album.

"Untilted" is rude and impolite: it doesn't care at all for the listener. There's no melody to guide you through its darkness, and the beats are so cold and lifeless that you feel deserted in a strange world. Musical passages are multi-segmented, always mutating, never retracing its steps. There's never a sense of conclusion in the songs, always filled with strange and corrosive soundscapes. The album is hermetic, it doesn't let you in. It's the musical equivalent of a distant planet coming to an end, slowly collapsing and dissolving, bizarre things occurring. You never understand what is happening, but is not pretty. And you're the silent witness, left alone to deal with the chaos.

"Untilted" relies heavily on the imagery it creates. It's lifeless, but you're allowed to contemplate it. It demands a particular interaction with the listener; otherwise you get irremediably lost in its vacuum.

This time, everything is set to the extreme. "Untilted" is on the very verge of crossing the thin line between fine experimental music and indecipherable noise. But the attention to detail, the delicately constructed soundscapes, the skill that makes it all cohesive, reveal nothing but a masterly craftsmanship. Sonic adventurous siblings "Confield" and "Draft 7.30" sound naive by comparison.

"Untilted" doesn’t make for an enjoyable experience. Half the time you’ll be boggled at its brooding presence. But it's like watching an outer space phenomenon: it's captivating.

3.7/5



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Meatplow
November 7th 2009



5524 Comments


Great review.

I'm not sure how I feel about the past couple of Autechre releases, Confield was the last one that truly grabbed my attention. It was probably my favourite out of everything they have done, however.

MassiveAttack
November 7th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hooray for Autechre review =)

Zettel
November 9th 2009



582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for your comments.

xNintendoCorex
November 10th 2009



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice work man, that was a good read.
man i love this album, for me, this is their best work so far.

'"Untilted" is on the very verge of crossing the thin line between fine experimental music and indecipherable noise' - that sentence sums up the album perfectly.

Enotron
December 5th 2009



7695 Comments


anybody else read it as untitled first?

xNintendoCorex
December 6th 2009



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

....i did.....for a LONG time.
no joke.

mindleviticus
October 16th 2012



8148 Comments


probably my favorite Autechre (that or Tri Repetae) release for reasons I can't explain :p

KILL
October 16th 2012



70284 Comments


:P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

ethixx
July 4th 2013



1170 Comments


:p*!!!!!!!!!!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2013



17998 Comments


very good

Digging: Autechre - Draft 7.30

hiyabootchie
August 4th 2013



331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first 3 or so minutes of Pro Radii might just be their tightest beat ever.

mindleviticus
August 4th 2013



8148 Comments


It's so amazing

hiyabootchie
August 5th 2013



331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why don't some peeps like Fermium? Song breaks down awesome at the end.

GiaNXGX
September 3rd 2013



4867 Comments


prob. . . . prob. .
ultimate automobile echoer mindles was right

mindleviticus
September 3rd 2013



8148 Comments


augmatic disport rapes

mindleviticus
September 3rd 2013



8148 Comments


if you listen to autechre and your fav album isn't untilted, you're gonna have a bad time


GiaNXGX
September 3rd 2013



4867 Comments




Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae is up there too

mindleviticus
September 3rd 2013



8148 Comments


tri repetae is the bomb diggety


Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2013



17998 Comments


pro radii damn

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2013



17998 Comments


pro radii is like listening to robots burn in hell



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