Autechre
Amber


4.5
superb

Review

by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
January 4th, 2008 | 446 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of my favorite electronic albums

Forming in Rochdale, England in 1987 it wasn’t until 1994 until Autechre started to receive some critical acclaim. Signing with Warp Records in 1993 Autechre are often credited for being one of the main IDM groups of the mid 90's. Sean Booth and Rob Brown (the two members of Autechre) have created some of the most unique and fresh electronic music of the 90's, and it all started with their sophomore released, Amber. Incorporating a wider variety of electronic instruments into their sound Autechre started moving away from their more conventional, dancey sound and started experimenting with drum-machines and keyboards.

When hearing Amber for the first time the production really caught my ear. Every drum beat, synth, and keyboard sound was captured beautifully by the warm, slick production. The bubbly, quirky keyboard sparkles that dominate “Nine” are extremely simple, yet the song is captivating and entrancing due to the polished production. “Silverside” is another track that benefits from the lush production. Driven by moody orchestrations ‘Silverside” contains a natural, crisp sound due to the multi-layered orchestrations and keyboard dynamics.

Although the organic keyboard sounds make Amber such a soothing listen it’s the beat-driven tracks that give the album some life. “Foil” features a dark, robotic beat over a dense keyboard tone and that’s the majority of the song. Autechre have the ability to make things so simple yet still manage to keep their music interesting and generis. The bouncy electronic bleeps in “Montreal” have such a nice, relaxing, quirky sound that it’s almost impossible to avoid sitting back and relaxing. Sporting slightly funky beats over quirky electronics “Montreal” sums up most of Amber. Other songs include the spastic, erratic “Piezo”, the haunting, beat-laiden “Teartear” and the calming ambience of “Yulquen.”

The variety featured on Amber is absolutely incredible considering the fact that the album sounds so tight and cohesive. At times the music can get so bleak and dark (“Foil”, “Teartear”) and on the other end of the spectrum it can be so lively and fun (“Montreal”, “Piezo”). With so many different mood shifts and style changes Amber still flows smoothly as a whole. Although the majority of Autechre fans consider the duo’s next effort Tri Repetae ++ as Autechre’s finest hour, Amber is hands down the groups most complete and diverse album.



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ValiumMan
January 4th 2008


493 Comments


Good album, nice review. I honestly like their later, more "out there" stuff more, but this is still a solid effort.

DekWannaBFlea
January 4th 2008


284 Comments


Good job. You made me want to get this.

Willie
Moderator
January 4th 2008


17302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I agree with the guy above... their later stuff is even better then this.

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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 5th 2008


3899 Comments


Yay! This place always needed more Autechre reviews.

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TheStarclassicTreatment
January 5th 2008


2910 Comments


Don't like electronic music usually, but I'll myspace this band probably, good review.

Fort23
January 7th 2008


2968 Comments


I'm trying to decide whether or not to buy this.

Meatplow
September 2nd 2009


5524 Comments


there is so much to digest with the few Autechre albums I have heard so far

scissorlocked
September 3rd 2010


3527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is brilliant as far as I have listened to

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psykonaut
June 14th 2011


3913 Comments


awesome shit right here

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
March 28th 2012


19975 Comments


teartear is so good

mindleviticus
May 31st 2012


9211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Montreal & Slip nuff said

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 29th 2012


19975 Comments


1. Tri Repetae
2. LP5
3. Amber

Graveyard
August 29th 2012


6362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nothing can touch their first three albums

HitlerIsTheBest
August 29th 2012


1575 Comments


fuck yeah this album rules.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 29th 2012


19975 Comments


Incunabula is pretty bad though

jefflebowski
October 20th 2012


8552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woah, this is fucking awesome

bach
February 14th 2013


15683 Comments


dis is gud

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clercqie
May 20th 2013


6520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Incunabula is pretty bad though


Wut?



Damn, way too long since I heard this. Stunning album.

Keyblade
May 20th 2013


25013 Comments


was just jamming actually. da bomb

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bach
July 2nd 2013


15683 Comments


Amber>Tri Repetae



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