Autechre
Move Of Ten


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fintan1992 USER (6 Reviews)
July 18th, 2010 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Autechre are no longer the whacky and abstract characters of musical experimentation, they are peaceful and emotional innovators of electronic music.

Autechre have done it once more – experimental and fairly intelligent electronic music with their second full album in the space of a measly few months. “Move Of Ten” in comparison to their previous 2010 album “Oversteps”, brings about a sense of confusion and utter diversity of musical dimensions, whereas in “Oversteps”, one could describe it as an intelligent ambient style of production.

Though the style of electronic music has changed with a few varieties, it is a typical Autechre piece of ten tracks with their familiar outrageousness, despite the hypnotic album art and the most obscure track titles. We just all say, without even looking at the artist’s name, “This is Autechre” when we see the first track “Etchogon-S”. This track brings about a dimension of irregular electro-bass that frequently change octaves throughout the piece with the most irritating yet illuminating irregular beats...so irregular, that the whole sound, as a whole, becomes a regular flow of random, but structured rhythms and sounds.

My anthem of the day for Autechre, not yet fitting in with the IDM hall of fame, but still a great piece, is “Y7” that presents the listener with sensual bubbles and a flow of futuristic and fresh sounds – almost like an insomniac’s lullaby. With a constant bass-line tapping throughout the whole recording, there comes a reverb-garage effect of ambience to finish this fine piece.

Like “Etchogon-S”, “PCE Freeze 2.8i” is, in its most abstract fashion, obscure in the addition of lazer-like effects, but controls a constant and comprehensive beat. That can be the main flaw of this album – the constant racket of pointless beats. They have made redemption for that fault and presented us with this zapping, exhilarating, yet monotonous draft of sounds.

“Rew (1)” is certainly a step-up from Sean Booth and Rob Brown’s usual work when it comes to obscure sounds of, what some might call it, “Intelligent Dance Music”. There’s an understandable beat, there’s a hidden melody that is missing a vocalist that could really do wonders in either future or contemporary charts. Without the voice of a person, it’s the call of an ambient background piece that is broad-minded for the impatient and the patient.

Unfortunately, in a lot of successful artists’ works, one will always come across pieces that should never be released until their retirement. When the eager Autechre fan waited patiently by the computer or by their local music store for the next album, they didn’t want to put up with “nth Dafuseder.b”, a lazy, background piece with the addition of a soft drum & bass solution, the solvent of a gritty foundation sound and a few taps of a button here and there. “No Border” brought about the similar results though slightly more energy to the created sounds. And perhaps “Cep puiqMX” wasn’t a great finish to this new album either. Once again, gritty, irregular drum beats that sounded like a burning fire, just didn’t hit my musical G-spot.

Saying so, there was more good to this release than bad. “Iris Was A Pupil” is a therapeutic piece by the Experimental band. For once there is no structure of any beat – there is no beat. It beholds lazer effects that storm through the mind and conceives a sense of tranquillity to the body. It’s like a fine amalgamation of Pantha Du Prince and a tint of Higher Intelligence Agency with the collaboration of Autechre’s finest.

“M62” is a great example on how Autechre could, in the future, commercialise themselves a little bit more, with their strenuous and understandable beats, their aesthetically pleasing tuning of electronic music and a constant flow of easy-listening. The only fault I could really make is that if you’re not the patient and sound music-lover, “Move Of Ten” will really push you off the IDM boat!


Album Rating: 7.7/10



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Mordecai.
July 18th 2010


8279 Comments


wut

Zettel
July 18th 2010


598 Comments


I was about to review this, glad you did it. I am enjoying this a lot. Good job.

Fintan1992
July 18th 2010


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@mordecai : what does "wut" mean? haha

@zettel: thank you. The album is so abstract, it was very hard to observe and make the judgement on such a strange style of music. It's really a work of art, though I gave it 7.7/10.

Bitchfork
July 18th 2010


7584 Comments


pretty fucking good.

MassiveAttack
August 23rd 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this so far it seems almost constrained in its rhythm, where as previous Autechre releases when experimenting didn't know where to move from one point to the next.

Zettel
August 24th 2010


598 Comments


My view on this is that it is much more relaxed than previous works. Very, very relaxed. I feel Autechre just wanted to have some fun, and it connects easier with the listener. A welcome change, if you ask me, though I am still in love with Oversteps.

I am not sure if I understand your comment tough, Massive.

xNintendoCorex
May 22nd 2011


1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didnt really enjoy oversteps, so this was a much more exciting release.

MassiveAttack
May 22nd 2011


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When I say constrained, I'm talking about the way the music is heading. Their previous stuff, in the experimental realm, was a bit out there and lacked cohesiveness. This feels together, I suppose "constrained" would sound negative, but it isn't in the way I'm talking about with Oversteps.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2011


7026 Comments


Still working through the back end of their catalogue. I'll probably get to this in two years.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2011


31223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is the natural extension of Oversteps, in that it's the group working somewhat within the confines of normality. There's a more obvious sense of structure

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 17th 2011


4507 Comments


"peaceful"

Nope

Relinquished
August 29th 2013


25100 Comments


m62

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 29th 2013


4507 Comments


yea

hiyabootchie
October 16th 2013


352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally getting around to this, way way way better than Oversteps IMO.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2013


18524 Comments


disagree but this is still great

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hiyabootchie
October 16th 2013


352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Oversteps lack of beats kind of kills it for me even though I know that was their intention. Y7 and Pce Freeze from this is the type of Ae songs that keep me coming back.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2013


18524 Comments


yeah i see where you're coming from, but i like autechre's musical side just as much as i like their crazy robot rhythm side so oversteps really resonates with me.

hiyabootchie
October 17th 2013


352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will tell you what though Quaristice has been clicking with me a lot lately. Since 2008 I would go Exai, Quaristice, Move of Ten then Oversteps. Haven't gotten around to the Quaristice eps yet.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2013


18524 Comments


i love quaristice but that quaristice.quadrange.ep.ae is something else. its like a fucked version of the original but equally as good, and then you hit the closing 58 minute track and thats where the brilliance of this duo really hits home. doesnt even feel like an almost hour long track.

oltnabrick
March 18th 2014


30916 Comments


remind me to hear this


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