Autechre
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4.7
superb

Review

by Hyperion1001 EMERITUS
January 3rd, 2016 | 85 replies


Release Date: 10/29/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Nothing is harder to understand than a symbolic work. A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing."

Listening to the music of Sean Booth and Rob Brown isn't really comparable to much else out there. While they've been working far beyond the curve they left behind years ago, they’ve not quite left the basic structures and mechanics of music behind altogether. In a sense, they still make pop music as pop music was meant to be made, as an amalgamation of rhythm and melody that encourages both physical and emotional reactions from the listeners. However, these same tropes and structures are expanded and contracted so far beyond our usual comfort zones that they seem to take on an antithetic, alien quality that is uniquely their own. “Instruments” are reduced to waves and distortions that mangle the musical landscape and are, at their core, nothing more than the fundamental mechanics of music, just presented from a vastly different point of view.

Sean Booth and Rob Brown’s decision to release these live recordings, which capture Autechre at their most elemental and entropic, serves as a treatise by which their vision can be better understood. To approach the nearly 10 hours of music contained in this compilation, listeners are encouraged to take everything at face value, to digest this material tabula rasa and let the music inscribe itself into a blank slate instead of having to overwrite years of learned perceptions that do nothing more than obscure and cloud the impact of the music itself. Sections of these recordings, such as the final twenty minutes of the Krems set and the center of Nagano, are perhaps two of the most successful moments in this compilation. These snapshots of the longer, evolving compositions showcase Autechre's style in it's purest form, as a mutating, organic mass of synthetic sound stretched out over hour long improvisations.

Autechre broke ground years ago, and now have seen it fit to hone the musical space they now inhabit into the purest form of their own vision. These live compositions are nothing if not wholly and unequivocally Autechre through and through, and function, on a macro level, as symbols for the vast ocean of sounds contained in their prolific and ever-changing canon. While it's a monumental achievement to have such a unique yet consistent catalog of music, what is perhaps the most impressive is the ability of the duo of Sean Booth and Rob Brown to be so aware of their place in the musical field, and to be able to constantly condense, reformulate, and reevaluate their own sound. This candid understanding of their own vision is what keeps them at the top of their game even after all these years of making music, and these live recordings are illustrative of this exact idea.



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Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 3rd 2016


19985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

happy new year friends : )

Ocean of Noise
January 3rd 2016


10529 Comments


Holy fuck this album is long

Are the live recordings entirely new pieces or are they made up of previous studio tracks?

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Shoteru
January 3rd 2016


516 Comments


This release is bloody incredible, great to see it get a staff review

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 3rd 2016


19985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

Are the live recordings entirely new pieces or are they made up of previous studio tracks?


theyre a little bit of everything honestly. you can hear echoes of Exai sounds but theyre all totally improvised on the spot when they play their show. they set up their live show and then sort of mangle it from set to set, so its like different versions of the same basic elements.

Relinquished
January 3rd 2016


39382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

weavers of their own perfected sound

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 3rd 2016


19985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

sup wolfe hows life buddy

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 3rd 2016


41675 Comments


Comparing Autechre’s music to the music of their peers is similar to trying to understand the ineffable qualities of our universe through the five basic perceptive senses we use to digest the immediate world around us.


this is the biggest load of pretentious bullshit you've ever spewed tbh

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Gyromania
January 3rd 2016


26603 Comments


that first paragraph is the most pretentious thing i've read in a while

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 3rd 2016


41675 Comments


yeah its pretty much straight up insufferable

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 3rd 2016


41675 Comments


"tethering comprehension to previously held perceptive prejudices."

rofl

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 3rd 2016


19985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

haha i was waiting for you to show up and shit all over this ; )

Relinquished
January 3rd 2016


39382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cmon guys haven't you ever blown up a group that you love to such levels? don't lie

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 3rd 2016


41675 Comments


sorry hype its just such a turn off to read this kind of hyper-fellating hyperbolic praise, it comes off so fanboyish and unprofessional to constantly deify one artist over every other artist in their field with pseudo-cosmic nonsense. makes me want to hate autechre even more tbh.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 3rd 2016


41675 Comments


like i dont mean to shit on it but im just being real here, that is soooo obnoxiously pretentious without warrant

Gyromania
January 3rd 2016


26603 Comments


yeah i like you hype but that is just straight up nonsensical. try being more conversational with your writing if possible

Relinquished
January 3rd 2016


39382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well he is a fanboy and fuck professionalism in sputnik since 2012

Avagantamos
January 3rd 2016


6442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

there's no point where you can say "that sounds like vekoS" or any other album track. the sounds are similar but the composition is original

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Gyromania
January 3rd 2016


26603 Comments


yo relinquished i don't think people use sputnik for 'professional' opinions, but that sputnik isn't a top-tier music journalism site doesn't excuse that level of incoherent writing

Relinquished
January 3rd 2016


39382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can understand it just fine, idk what incoherent writing you're talking about. then again I also love Autechre so that's probably the problem - that you guys don't love them as much.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 3rd 2016


41675 Comments


the 3rd and 4th paragraphs are really good and the closer is okay too until u start working in the pseudo-cosmic nonsense again and close with "Essential for all fans of music in its purest forms." but the first 2 para's are just so cringe



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