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Anvil Vapre

Anvil Vapre

2 Oct 1995
4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
This single contains some of Autechre's pinnacle achievements,and please believe me when I say that I seriously feel that these four pieces here are some of the best music ever made by humans! I am in no way overrating this EP when I say that,believe me,that is probably the least amount of praise that it deserves! Highly derived from Jazz,it is just amazing how they combine beautiful melodies with raw,mechanical percussion! Even though I really like the direction they are going in now,I only wish that Autechre would've come out with some more stuff like this,this EP really left me hungry for more!
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By A Customer on 14 May 2003
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This is a cracking little gem in autechre's huge back catalogue, mixing the ususal abstract melodies and noises with some absolutely thumping beats. Despite only being four tracks long this EP really packs a punch!
I would describe this as a must-have for any autechre fan not just the die-hards. In fact, 'second bad vilbel' is one of the best pieces they've ever released and almost worth the money by itself!
top material!
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Some great crunching grooves here, hidden in the cold heart of the machine is the warmth of humanity bursting to break free. THis EP, along with Envane and The Tri Repetae Album led the way to what I believe to be Autechre's best work, that of Chiastic Slide, after that they dissappered up their own... sorry,...down a mathematical sonic wormhole. Quaristice is a somewhat return to form of old.
Just a little random fact, the track: 2nd Bad Vilbel probably derives it's name from the duo using the snake pass between Sheffield and Manchester, where the road passes through the town of Glossop, twinned with... you guessed it Bad Vilbel in Germany (I think) Sorry to ruin the linguistic mystique for you!
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By 77 on 16 Oct. 2007
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C'mon people, you know that Second Scepe is this deranged duo's best track. If you can survive being pummelled by the beat for the first minute, you'll soon find the landscape filled with gorgeous clipped vocals and one of the most fragile melodies they've ever done. The whole track comes together beautifully.

The other three are alright. S'all about Scepe for me though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Austere Mechanica 20 Jan. 2009
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This ep is "a companion of sorts" to Autechre's fantastic "Tri Repetae". For those of us here in the states, we know it as the first four songs on the second disk of "Tri Repetae++". Thus, the separate release of this ep is obsolete. I'm reviewing it anyway, because this page looked so lonely without some lovin'!
Whereas "Tri Repetae" is more melody than machinery, "Anvil Vapre" is their first effort to be primarily concerned with the machinery. The album essentially kicks of with rhythmic blasts of cacophony. As the song ("Second Bad Vilbel") progresses, it sounds increasingly like a typical workday at a dystopian automaton factory. There are no soothing melodies to be found though, so for those of you who prefer a little humanity to mollify you in the midst of Autechre's archetypal discord, just skip to the next tract. "Second Scepe", with its synthetic vocal samples warped and multiplied throughout the song, sounds like the automatons have just been booted up. The effect is quite eerie, but, thanks to an organic melody, is gorgeous nonetheless. To protract my metaphor, "Second Scout" would be the automatons taking their first steps and discovering the mechanics of motion. Again, an indisputably engaging melody salvages this song from the scrap heap of glitch-wankery. "Second Peng", the coda, is an astonishing achievement; it somehow manages to be both the most terrifying yet most emotional song on the record. Upon first listen, it may just sound like stoic alien spaceship "music". But if you actually LISTEN to it, you realize that it's more akin to a mortified human captive's reaction to waking up inside a stoic alien spaceship. The effect is chilling, but strangely compelling. Or maybe I'm just a very disturbed child to find it so marvelous...
In conclusion, this album is certainly not for everyone, but it certainly doesn't strive to alienate anyone who just can't see the music in austere Mechanica like Autechre's subsequent efforts.
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