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This review is from: Exai (MP3 Download)
As a member of a hip-hop dance group we find Autechre to be a great source of challenging dance material. Our routine to `61e.CR' is still one of our favourites. And Autechre is still, at the end of the day, all about hip-hop, street and dance. Booth and Brown just `get' rhythm - they are just so good at it.
I'm not going to give Exai 5 stars as that would be dishonest. In my opinion it isn't perfect. So what are the negatives? Well I for one do find the track names a tad silly, and if they mean so little I'd prefer it if they had no titles at all! Also, as you might expect with 2 hours of music, there are a few areas where I felt I was listening to padding (I don't think Booth and Brown would win any prizes for editing :) ). Also, I feel that the sound-scape isn't quite as varied as say Confield, with a bit too much squidgy synthesizer at times. But that's the negative stuff out of the way. What we're left with is still something quite amazing and rewarding - if you are prepared to listen to it in the right way.
I've listened to Exai a few times now and I must say that it is up there with the best. I've even played it back-to-back with Confield, Draft 7.30 and Untilted and it seems to follow-on very nicely from those albums. Some think oversteps is in there as well, but I cannot hear it myself. With bands such as `Boards of Canada' seemingly struggling to find any creative energy at all (8 years and still waiting!), Booth and Brown can be relied upon to deliver work that is still challenging and worthwhile. And there are lots of treasures in Exai - you just have to dig for them sometimes. Really, I'm convinced that Booth and Brown could, if they felt so inclined, produce an accessible dance album that would have everyone on their feet in the clubs and it would sell like hot-cakes. But they don't do it - they just follow their own furrow and if we happen to like it, then fine - and if we don't, then that is okay too. To me that is the epitome of what art is all about.
One last thing, if you've never heard Autechre before and you don't like 'bladelores' then I wouldn't bother with anything else!
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Initial post: 23 Apr 2013 21:29:29 BDT
The wait for BoC is annoying, but I doubt they lack inspiration. More likely they've become so big now, they're having to re-assess, take extra care, be less carefree (perhaps, unfortunately).
Posted on 17 Dec 2013 16:20:06 GMT
Tee Double You Bee Esq says:
"Our routine to `61e.CR' is still one of our favourites." Tell me this is on YouTube...!!
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