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This review is from: Tri Repetae (Audio CD)
Oooh, a pun title. It's me that's repeating, though, because, as other reviewers have said, the album is a wonderful contrast between beautiful ambience and metallic, mechanical beats.
Whether this album is as cold or atmospheric as Amber is a fine line. Whilst the previous album relied on sweeping synths, the effect is produced here by its metallic feel. It's not all robots and big machines, but it does give the impression of a distinct lack of human contact. Most of the drum sounds throughout the album sound as if they're recorded from people hitting and scraping pieces of metal. The beats are far slower than on any other AE release, I believe, and this gives it the chugging, machine-like nature.
The synths and melodies are far more abstract that anything the boys had done previously. It's harder to hum along with anything here. This gives it a kind of lonely feeling, which is something I actually really like in it.
This album was the interim. It mixed the accessability and obvious rhythms of the earlier albums with the less melodic more mechanical nature of the later ones. Were I to recommend any album to introduce someone to AE, this would be the one I'd choose. From here on you can pick which direction you'd like to go in.
Standout tracks: Dael, the opener. Constantly moving, subtley changing throughout. Stud, a very dark, mysterious epic, with hi frequency clicking beats. Eutow, a cascade of square synths and the only track I liked on first listen. Overand. Long, very subtle ambient. Reminds my of Aphex's Selected Ambient Works II.
One of my favourite Autechre albums, second only to Amber.