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More Squonk than you can shake a drane at,
This review is from: Draft 7.30 (Audio CD)
This is Autechre kids!. They are the most important British band of the last 10 years.
Hyperbole perhaps. History may prove me wrong, but in years to come I reckon these are the guys who will be hailed as the real musical pioneers, the ones who really pushed the envelope. They will be on the front of MOJO, original versions of their LPs will be changing hands for huge amounts on Ebay. (they are already). Me and all the other aging hipsters will be queuing up to buy their 20th anniversary box set from HMV on Mars, sometime in 2013.
Forget Massive Attack, Moby and all those other advert jingle-writers. Even the Aphex Twin cannot touch 'em. This always was, and still is the music of the future.
Autechre require some effort from the listener. They have never been instant, easy listening. They make sounds you haven't heard before, melodies that defy all standard practice and convention, beats that are beyond the comprehension of us mere humans...and yet still somewhat funky.
If you haven't heard much Autechre this maybe isn't the one to start with. To my Autechre-ised ears this is a work of astonishing beauty, joy and genius. But you need some preparation and initiation. So go back and buy all their LPs and listen to them all in sequence. Give each one six months to sink in. Autechre music is so complex and radical that even diehard fans like me need to spend time getting to grips with each new release. If you like them, you'll find each record a very rewarding experience that grows with each listen.
Draft 7.30 itself is superb. Their best since 'Chiastic Slide' I think. The beats are less frantic and garbled than 'Confield' (perhaps their most extreme release to date). Those chilly, trademark melodies make a welcome return. And yet this still sounds like nothing else around and there is still a lot of information to absorb. Like all Autechre albums this needs a good 20 or so plays before it sinks in, but at this early stage I'm giving it five stars!