Autechre
Draft 7.30


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zettel USER (47 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2010 | 280 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Arguably, Autechre's best rounded album, and surprisingly, very listenable.

“Lentic Catharsis”, last track of Confield, fractured reality, opened a gate to another dimension, and left it there for you to trespass it, at your own risk. What was in there? While not the expected answer, Draft 7.30 could be one of them.

Before destruction there is creation: so before Untilted there was Draft 7.30.

Draft 7.30 strikes as a soundtrack to a new beginning, the creation of a new reality, it portrays the constant, slow and painful struggling for existence, the miracle of creation, the expanding and overcoming the obstacles, until it blossoms and becomes a marvelous thing that finds its place in this chaotic, yet beautiful Universe.

A musical journey in ten acts or “movements”, each one is linked to the next; excitingly building up until the tragic and uncertain end arrives. The first two tracks - “Xylin Room” and “IV VV IV VV VIII” - introduce you to this chaotic and pullulating force trying to find his way out to life, among the darkness and confusion. The fragmented and disconcerting beats, the dissonant soundscapes, the strange noises depicting a subtle presence; a dim, dissimulated micro melody revealed once in a while in the unsettling mixture of sounds, all of it suggests an undeniable blind will for existence.

“6IE.CR” works the same picture, but from the outside, the rhythmically, waving yet oddly beats simulate a nucleus of energy, around which all matter gravitates, with sparkles of new substances and accidents preparing the way for what it will arise soon. Everything feels the urgency to escape, but is kept tightly near the center, denied any purpose or intention. The almost danceable rhythm suggests an unearthly sense of order among this restrained chaos.

“Tapr” changes the scenario: something has happened and announces something monumental, but completely unexpected. The music gets more abstract, haunting, disorienting, and almost minimalistic; the beats come and go and the sense of unity fades away; there is an underlying motif that never reveals itself, surrounding and permeating the atmosphere, quickly, critically approaching the center piece and climax of the album: “Surripere”. Everything prior to it leads inexorably to this point; everything after it is just a progression.

At the very core of Draft 7.30, “Surripere” is one of the finest compositions Autechre ever created. In its 11+ minutes the album’s central idea is developed, carefully paced and ornamented. The blind will of existence is finally present; however, it is silently, quietly introduced. The forced, remaining unity instantly disappears: a new order of things is promised, coming out from a long, long, long state of unconsciousness. Inexplicably, the miracle has happened, but not without its accidents. The music suggest something beautiful happening surrounded by constant danger. A dreamy, hypnotic atmosphere terribly undetermined, always at the risk of turning into nothing, ropes this new little miracle, until it finally is unleashed into the vast space.

From here, every following movement narrates the expansion and affirmation of this new existence, and presents itself as a joyful victory. Without restrain, it transforms every thing in its path: “Theme of Sudden Roundabout” and “VL AL 5” are small acts of experimentation at creation, as every element in this new world seeks its place among its multiple configurations. The music turns less abstract; a sense of the order is drawn; although the beats are still insecure, there is an increasing sense of confidence, strength and clarity in the music as it progresses.

“P.-TIL” is a mockery at the previous weakness and uncertainty. The beats are steady and almost upbeat, as if this new born reality were self-aware of its new found strength and found great joy in it. The music is playful, almost kind to the other-world, external observer. “V-PROC” is the album’s more daring statement, teasing the listener with its infectious rhythm and exciting buildup, speaking directly to you as if you had the privilege of beholding it. The piece is full of life, but at the same time approaches a different kind of chaos, derived from an excess of power, standing as the magnificent evolvement of this primary will that prevailed from “Surripere”.

Unfortunately, nothing is ever perfect: this beautiful reality finds its eternity was not such a thing. “Reinform Puls” signals severe internal issues, and the reality starts to collapse. A sad, tragic feel permeates the song, as all the previous vitality fades away and an opposite force gives way to something destructive and corrosive. It feels like a different version of “Tapr”, but if that one promised a new beginning, this speaks oblivion. The nature of the next album is foreseen, as “Untilted” will be the soundtrack to a reality eating itself.

Hearing an Autechre album can be quite an experience. You are never sure what you will find out, but you can be sure it will be something strange and unique. If Confield defies perception and Untilted touches its very limits. Draft 7.30 moves in between, turning in a more accessible experience while being an amazing, entertaining one. Certainly it is not for everyone, since the album continues the harsh sonic experimentation the aforementioned Confield started, and whose glimpses can be traced to EP7 andChiastic Slide.

Draft 7.30 will not disappoint to those looking for something different and challenging, but at the same time, somewhat accessible.

3.9/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Meatplow
January 23rd 2010


5524 Comments


That's a great introduction.

I haven't listened to this one nearly enough, there is just so much to chew down on in Autechre's discography. Incunabala, Amber, Tri Repetae and LP5 are amongst my most listened to, however.

alt
January 23rd 2010


230 Comments


i've only got Tri Repetae. i'll check this out

Foxhound
January 23rd 2010


4571 Comments


Sick album art. good review.

poweroftheweez
January 23rd 2010


1294 Comments


this album is fantasmic. nice review, +1

Zettel
January 23rd 2010


661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meatplow:



You're right. There's a lot from Autechre to hear, and the "early" work is also fantastic. Somehow, I'm more inclined to their most experimental work. I like the band having two faces.

Meatplow
January 23rd 2010


5524 Comments


Yeah, Chiastic Slide and Confield were the first Autechre releases that really caught my attention.

Shadowed Reflection
February 23rd 2010


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

in terms of what this album accomplished in electronic music, I think it deserves a 5. however it is extremely inaccessable and I can imagine that knocks a few points off it.

krig9412
September 11th 2011


794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very well done review, and a good album

Aids
December 9th 2012


24407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

really great review, very descriptive and informative.



Just giving this thing a listen now.

CaptWaffles
July 13th 2013


198 Comments


this is really cool, not quite what I expected

SaneTBP
September 1st 2013


2070 Comments


This is brilliant, up there in their best releases

Artuma
September 1st 2013


28552 Comments


one of the most difficult bands out there to get into

Digging: City of Caterpillar - Driving Spain Up A Wall

SaneTBP
September 1st 2013


2070 Comments


Yeah might be, but oh boy is it worth the effort

Artuma
September 1st 2013


28552 Comments


definitely

mindleviticus
September 9th 2013


9051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

v-proc holy fuck

hiyabootchie
September 24th 2013


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The P.:Ntil & V-proc combo is a must hear. Vastly underrated album, my favorite of their 2000 releases.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
September 25th 2013


19975 Comments


that part in surripere where it just sort of melts into that crazy beat about halfway through my god

how do they do that

hiyabootchie
September 27th 2013


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surripere sounds much better on a stereo versus headphones.

Kman418
February 3rd 2014


13250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys are so good

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
February 3rd 2014


19975 Comments


the best some might say



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