Autechre

L-event EP

Warp

Dec 18, 2013 Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM Bookmark and Share


Noting that an Autechre album sounds awkward and difficult to enjoy is a little bit like complaining that James Bond's chat-up lines are a bit, well, shit. It feels like a valid criticism, but it's something that detractors expect at this stage, and that fans actively crave. The thing with the L-event EP is that across just four tracks (albeit 26 minutes' worth of music), there isn't the room afforded on their best LPs for something resembling accessibility.

Arguably Manchester's greatest electronic music export, Autechre may have a reputation for the obfuscation of melody, but the key to L-event is that the industrial-sounding smoke and mirrors are for once actually masking very little. On "newbound," as Rob Brown and Sean Booth build an ominous-sounding monolith of spacey synths and laser noises as aimless as the most inept Stormtrooper, the subtle organic sounds that characterized the likes of Oversteps and Draft 7.30 become ever more starkly absent. (www.autechre.ws)

Author rating: 4/10

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Arthur
December 18th 2013
1:25pm

Clueless cunt

Mic
January 4th 2014
9:01pm

The very fact that you’re assigning numerical scores to something as subjective as music and art shows the sad state of your mind.  What’s almost as bad is your taste, however.