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A return to nothing.,
This review is from: Draft 7.30 (Audio CD)
I've listened to all seven Autechre albums today. And I'm still confused by those saying this is a return to pre-Confield ideas. Sure, the noises here aren't anywhere near as alien or mangled as on the previous album, but whilst that was full of incredibly eerie synths, they appear to be missing here. Drum patterns that are insanely weird and complex, yet subtle and inviting at the same time, welcome you to pretty much every track. And they guide you through. And leave you at the other side. Sure, there are synths in there, but in this case the drums really are the focus point. Which leaves it, in my book, the least accessible Ae album to date.
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.
The dark, cold sound remains, I think, but unlike previous releases, it leaves me empty. This isn't the undergrowth of an alien planet like Confield, nor the industrial machine of Tri Repetae. It doesn't sound finished.
Gosh, that sounds FAR more negative than it should. I really enjoy the album. Maybe I've listened too much an am spending all my time comparing it to their previous albums.
I'm still very curious as to where they're heading next.