- Audio CD (7 April 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Warp
- ASIN: B000089HD9
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- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Draft 7.30 CD
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AUTECHRE Draft 7.30 (2003 UK 10-track CD album - the seventh album by the electronic music duo of Rob Brown and Sean Booth including Surripere Theme Of Sudden Roundabout & Reniform Puls picture sleeve - highly recommended WARPCD111)
If you thought Autechre were forever lost in the chattering electronic static and tempo-less industrial fog that characterised their oppressively difficult last album, Draft 7.30 should come as a very welcome return to formality. Stripping much of the machinery away, Autechre have left hallucinogenic keyboard washes, pumping sub-bass and intensely complex drum patterns, all of which mutate and interact according to some alien logic. Fans suggest that previous album Confield was best listened to quietly in the dead of night; well, Draft 7.30 is best listened to very loud, through massive speakers. It's the perfect way to appreciate the meaty low-end that palpitates through tracks like "Surripere", the child-like chimes that creep through the background on "Theme of Sudden Roundabout" or the gut-pounding rhythm of "Xylin Room" that suddenly halts for a split-second leaving one sprawling forward on the track's sheer momentum. Hardcore fans might dismiss this as a step back from the brink, a mere retread of ground that's being stamped flat by Autechre's army of copyists. But ultimately, Draft 7.30 is a blast to listen to--a genuine rarity in leftfield electronica nowadays. --Louis PattisonSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The drum programming is downright genius. From the insane hip-hop swagger of 6IE.CR and V-Proc, to the complete lack of time sig in Theme of Sudden Roundabout and the lack of anything that makes up an actual drum rhythm in Tapr, the rhythms are mind boggling. But one can't help feel there could be something to accompany them. Tapr has it's sinister stop/start synths, closer Reniform Puls is covered in blips and pongs, and they work brilliantly. I wonder what made them decide to condense most synth work down to little sounds that are barely distinguishable from the drums.
Now, I must talk about Surripere. For it is one of my favourite Autechre tracks. I wish more of the album was like this. A driving rhythm from simple drums and clicks opens the track, fronted by a sinister and slightly foreboding synth. It's incredibly beautiful, and just shows they guys can still write utterly stunning music, rather than utterly stunning rhythms. Halfway through, the beat takes over, and turns into an intense industrial mash-up. I'm waiting for more stuff like this. It's a move on from Confield, but it's a fantastic one.Read more ›
This is most evident in "Surripere", the 11-minute epic that forms the centrepiece of the album. The track begins with the sort of synth melody Autechre haven't used since "Amber", and despite the violent intervention of what sounds like a very large boot squelching in mud (which forms the rhythm), the melody continues to form the basis of the track. P.:NTIL is another standout track: the crunching rhythm is secondary to the melody provided by what can only be described as paranoid wind chimes.
That said, this album can be just as "difficult" as Confield, and those hoping for some nice ambient electronica as an accompaniment to sleep are advised to look elsewhere. Draft 7.30 demands full attention and listening to the whole thing in one go is quite an undertaking. However, fans won't be disappointed, and Autechre may regain some listeners who were alienated by Confield's clinical coldness. Draft 7.30 feels like an altogether more organic affair.
The duo present the listener here with a virtually impregnable wall of seemingly patternless, distorted beats, abrasive sounds, drones and noises. To the uninitiated ear it is just so hard to get into. Despite repeated listens I was really struggling to find anything so old-fashioned as a hook or memorable rhythm. The most striking track is the lengthy `Surripere', which starts with a hypnotic, regular beat over wonderfully eerie and atmospheric synth washes (this appeals to the Boards of Canada fan in me) but little by little it is deconstructed into an alien mechanized mash up until the end of the track bears no resemblance to the beginning.
But, weirdly, this record is compelling and I still found myself coming back to it again and again. Perhaps the trick is to approach it from an abstract viewpoint and just savour the incredibly complex programming and layered sounds here. I also believe that Booth and Brown do know what they are doing and still have the greatest of respect for their work. Be warned, though, this is not one for the casual dabbler!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I re-listened to this after a break of a few years. I am a massive fanof this genre and AE, but this album left me cold last time. Read morePublished on 11 July 2011 by Butler
I feel the "D" in Autechre's IDM has been lost. After all, when was the last time you saw someone throw Confield on at a party and start a conga line with "Bine" as the soundtrack? Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2008 by 77
Clearly this album has divided opinion in a fairly major way, although I feel its worth pointing out that a lot of the negative feeling towards Draft 7. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2007 by T. Owen
You'll see extreme reactions to this album in the other reviews, so be sure this one's for you. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2006 by MattJKing71
This was in fact the first Autechre album I heard and it led me to buy many more of their albums. A lot of people would advise people to get old albums like Amber as a starting... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2006 by RM
I am gutted, what has happened to our once brilliant electronic music scene. Pieces of uninspiring trash like this are passed off as masterpieces. Read morePublished on 29 July 2004 by jan williams
I've been a fan of Ae since day one, I even own their first album incunabula. People who own a copy of this hard to find album know what incredible changes Ae have gone through... Read morePublished on 13 July 2004 by Frederik David
Draft 7.30 is the soundtrack to the future. In a matrix style environment where the machines work in unison to generate sounds, borrowing subtle melodic hints from an inhabited... Read morePublished on 12 April 2004 by Lazarus
I'll be the first to admit that my first listen to 'Draft 7.30' was not by any means an enjoyable one. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2004 by paul farrier