Autechre
Quaristice


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2010 | 439 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: curiouser and curiouser

Ever had the feeling that the book you were reading or the album you were listening to had its moments of astonishing power and beauty but, like a precious artefact in a crate, was so was padded with styrene filler that it turned into an voluminous mess" You could fill a dozen shelves with black and white albums that suffer from this affliction – too many ideas or too few, too much recycling (or not enough).
In the past even Autechre have been guilty, albeit rarely.

Which is why it is so refreshing to hear Quaristice – a deliberate selection of musical moments extracted from protracted jam sessions. Deep, rhythmic bass lines and hard-hitting beats feature prominently, neatly sidestepping the knifelike synths that slice through the mix. The maelstrom is, as always, topped off with the usual irresistible icing of bleeps, sweeps and creeps that only Booth and Brown can pull off so well. Making their appearance for the first time are sliced and diced vocal samples that lend the album a swaggering air surprisingly reminiscent of hip hop, but for robots; one could almost imagine an automaton emcee spitting bits over the beats.
There’s no need to fear however, as Autechre haven’t gone all black on us; this is still ferociously IDM and anomalous and abnormal remain the reviewer’s adjectives of choice. Awkward rhythms, bizarre squelches and no doubt a fair amount of Max/MSP programming ensure that these tunes will never top the charts.

Despite the updated sound, Autechre are still the same manic geniuses who gave us Tri Repetae and Confield; now, however, they sound more confident and discerning in their compositions than ever. Instead of being overly lengthy, the tracks here appear to be the aural manifestations of both idle and calculated trains of thought deliberately derailed. The effect is quite unsettling; imagine picking up a book, opening to a random page, consuming a paragraph and then throwing it away. Well, repeat this with your entire bookshelf, and you have Quaristice.

The only difference is that Autechre don’t read *** like Twilight.



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scissorlocked
September 2nd 2010


3528 Comments


good review

I like the comparison

only listened to Amber and it was amazing,think I'm gonna try Tri Repetae now

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


8064 Comments


good review, but try to separate the paragraphs.


Your summary could have been:

Stranger and Stranger


some phrases that don't read so good:

now however they sound

now, however, they sound

There’s no need to fear however

However, there's no need to fear





porch
September 2nd 2010


8460 Comments


yeah this is pretty good

Adash
September 2nd 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

curiouser and curiouser is an alice in wonderland reference

didnt get a chance to proof it, i'll whack those commas in



tanks

geng
September 2nd 2010


1986 Comments


"There’s no need to fear however, as Autechre haven’t gone all black on us"

Racist.

Zettel
September 2nd 2010


661 Comments


Finally a review for the album. Good job, although I must say I feel this is their weakest effort overall. It has some amazing tracks, but others are undeveloped and somewhat annoying.

Adash
September 2nd 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tis a bizarre album, but they picked out some real gems

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


32190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album

Bouben
September 26th 2010


21 Comments


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foxblood
January 4th 2013


9480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

unusual album. this is even better than i remember

mindleviticus
July 13th 2013


9572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this album kicks butt

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
September 26th 2013


19985 Comments


http://vimeo.com/1208304

just watch it its fucking awesome

hiyabootchie
October 12th 2013


410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The thing I like about this album is it gets right to the point, then gets the fuck out and moves on. Going on a lil bit of an Ae bender with the new EP coming out.

hiyabootchie
October 27th 2013


410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You really have to listen to this, Versions and the Quadrange eps to judge the whole Quaristice project. I think that is why many feel the traditional release was a "failed experiment" because they didnt judge the other parts as well. After spending the last few weeks of listening to this entire Quaristice project, I believe this may be one of their best releases ever.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
October 27th 2013


19985 Comments


yeah perlence subrange 6-36 is an essential autechre track that you totally miss by not having the EP

all versions of this one rule

Relinquished
October 27th 2013


38592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 13th 2014


19985 Comments


man perlence just blew my mind

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 13th 2014


19985 Comments


yeah top 5 ez

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 13th 2014


19985 Comments


listen to this and you will understand

ae are masters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB3PdBZqN3Y

hiyabootchie
January 13th 2014


410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Which version of perlence? The main one on the album, versions or from the ep?



By the way do you know of a good link to versions? couldn't find a good one last time I looked.



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