Let's not get pretentious, let's not talk about micro-whatever and the hidden complexities - ignore all that, just know that this album is, perhaps, one of the greatest ever released.
Confield represents the most varied, while still cohesive, collection of tracks that Autechre have put out. I'll admit that, like a lot of the best music, it takes a while to get in to but it's certainly worth it. From the exquisitely minimalist opener, VI Scoise Poise, with its ball-bearing beats and soft synth strains to the progressively more frantic closer, Lentic Catachresis, this record is amazing.
Admittedly, it's not as overtly tuneful as their previous albums (maybe EP7 excepted) but there is nothing more beautiful than hearing the distorted synth sounds slowly break through on Pen Expers or the bell-like sounds on Parhelic Triangle gradually coalesce into a recognisable melody.
Another thing, this album sounds fantastic production-wise - pristine yet still rough where it needs to be, beautiful synths and satisfying beats (at least, where those percussive sounds can actually be called beats).
I'm treading well-worn ground when I say that this isn't the best place to start if you want to get into Autechre but, hell, it's a great place to finish.