This disturbing short-form album shows Autechre in a rhythmic mood, unafraid to emote---but just as likely to squeal, whistle, or stutter---and, increasingly, to sing. There are sounds resembling drums, guitars, bells, basses, pianos, echoing voices, and rattling air conditioners all playing together as a band. But the boundaries between instruments seem to blur, and the bass seeps into the drums or the guitar amp malfunctions, and we find ourselves in unexpected territory. Each track begins with a rhythmic statement of some kind, occasionally dissonant but always evolving toward danceability, and then changing grooves just when you think it should.
The twenty-six minutes of "L-Event" are ostensibly divided into four songs, but there are probably seven or eight different rhythmic and harmonic moods intertwined along the way. The result is a more epic and unified feel to the record than most previous Autechre EP's. An outstanding listen.