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Quaristice CD

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B0012S59ZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Autechre is a spiky and challenging word - perhaps in this case you really should judge something by its name. It's tempting to think of it as a mashup of the words autonomous, technical and research. The elephant in the room of that particular interpretation is the word 'music' - something that Quaristice is full of.

Beginning in billowing sheets of synthesis, the duo's ninth album progresses through twenty diverse stages before a sense of exhausted entropy sets in. Throughout its 73 minutes, Autechre convincingly wield radical abstraction with an impressive sense of emotional heft. Even at their most spectrally alien, there's something of the essence of functional, dancefloor thrill about their music. You'll also find brilliant alien landscapes, unexpected dramas, hyperspeed acceleration and much else here.

Melody - something Autechre have foresworn for some time now - is back in focus. On Simmm it's subsumed by metal insect clatter (in a miniature analog to the group's musical career) before becoming entering an impressive stretch of dramatic minimalism, perhaps presaging their next step.

Every one of these twenty pieces is a rigorous world, constructed according to its own rules. At this point in their development, Autechre don't so much negotiate limits as define boundaries as they progress.

Much has been written about how this new release, their first in three years, is comprised of shorter pieces, that this is somehow a consolidating gesture. It would be more accurate to remark upon how Quaristice is awash with music to scare you. In an age of genre-specific music they really do live up to their name by undertaking autonomous - and tremendously exciting - musical research. Quaristice is a fecund joy that deserves your attention. --Colin Buttimer

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By acroyear2 on 2 Feb. 2008
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I've always been a fan of what I refer to as Autechre's "Grand Synthesis" era from Tri Repetae to EP7 when their music was the perfect marriage of unique and original melody, harmony and timbre combined with adventurous beats and percussion. More importantly, the music from that era was "polished" in the sense that the compositions seemed meticulously crafted, each one brimming with fantastic ideas and visual metaphors. Although later releases like Confield, Gantz Graf (and to some extent, EP7) show that Autechre are capable of dirtier, complex and abstract stuff, those albums were still harnessed and meticulous in their execution.

Autechre's more recent efforts, Draft 7.30 and Untilted, have seen Autechre explore a percussive, beat-focused sound. Untilted especially seems to give off the feel of a 'live' Autechre jam / performance in that there is a reduced emphasis on the timbre and rhythm changing dynamically over time. This 'linear' approach has left many Autechre fans at odds with their current direction (myself included) and while I applaud the fact that they are not settling into replicating an aesthetic and a way of working that they mastered over 10 years ago, I still haven't come to terms with this new direction.

Fortunately, Quaristice is a step in the right direction for those of us who want to see a return to the "Grand Synthesis" era. Melody, harmony and use of pitched sounds in an ordered, musical way has taken a step forward into the light on a lot of these tracks; the beats are exicting and inventive sonically; there's a lot going on and one will find Autechre covering a lot of ground from beatless soundscapes ('paralel Suns') to melody rich, traditional ventures ('The Plc') to expansive, exclusively percussive workouts ('rale').
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quemeelsol on 8 July 2008
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Having managed to consume all of Autechre's records in under a year, I don't think I've been more impressed with a musical act since Aphex Twin. It was fascinating to witness the shift in musical change from the duo, ambient/techno, to glitch, then the percussion driven albums, Autechre are what electronic music is all about, in what other genre would there be such huge progression in sound?

And yes this album once again offers forward thinking music, but that does not always mean you are going to enjoy the ride.

This is the first time I have had to wait for an Autechre album, having only been aware of them for a year or so and the wait for an album from one of your favorite 'bands' can make you expect something good, because we all hope that music is shaped the way we want it to be. How many reviewers on this page recall 'Amber' and 'LP5'? I was personally hoping for something as raw and abstract as 'Confield' and it seems as if Booth and Brown have met us halfway in some respects.

There are three beautiful ambient pieces on this album, which are surrounded by the likes of Tankakern, an exciting and tightly produced jungle inspired track, to the loose techno sounds of Chenc9 and PLC.

The difference in tracks on the LP is one reason alone to buy Quaristice, but the biggest disappointment is that you could take away five to six tracks and the end result would not be any worse. Out of 20 tracks you would expect one or two to be below par but literally a quarter of this album will not win Autechre any new fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Davies on 24 Mar. 2008
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Like all good albums, it takes multiple listens for it to make sense.

And like all good albums, it feels more like a journey than a mere collection of songs.

And like all good albums, context is everything. It must be listened to in the right circumstances.

I started to love this album after loading it onto my MP3 player and listening whilst making a nocturnal journey across Manchester one very cold evening. These brutal, metallic soundscapes perfectly evoke such oppressive cityscapes as that through which I was walking. The harsh yellow lighting, imposing towers and decaying remnants of the industrial age had found their perfect soundtrack. It was almost as if this album had been specifically written with my journey in mind. The terrifying "Rale", for instance, came on just as I was walking through a dark and damp tunnel near Deansgate. My pace quickened and I had difficulty differentiating between sounds on the album and sounds from the real world. Buzzing lamp posts, roaring traffic, indistinguishable drones, rattling windows, distant all merged into one nightmarish cohesive whole which came to a chilling fruition outside of the Museum of Science and Industry, where I was told off by security.

Yeah, it's beautiful. Initially it may not seem so, but there really are swathes of loveliness hidden underneath those horrible machinic the almost inaudible birdsong in Tankakern, or the warming bass drones in Simm and Palalel Suns, or the interludes of lush ambiance such as the gorgeous opening Altibzz which, admittedly, are too few and far between.

Criticisms? Well, yes, at twenty tracks it is a little long. Things become a little too oppressive circa Fol3, which just sounds like a processed car crash.
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