autechre – exai

exai

Last night I had a post about the autechre radio broadcasts tonight and tomorrow night with a preview of the album. Today, here’s a couple of tracks from the album exai out next week.

First, spl9. Usual inexplicable naming from autechre. And usual almost-not-music sounds. Easy to admire, hard to love.

Next, 1 1 is. There’s a melody here struggling to get out. Music for engine rooms.

Blurb: “Exai” is massive. Something of a colonial organism, a chimera informed by the duo’s prior ten studio albums. Clocking in just thirty-two seconds past two hours, “Exai” consists of seventeen songs deftly traversing a myriad of territories within electronic music. There’s a reverberation of modern climes in tracks like “jatavee C,” which explores the wobble bass phenomenon and subtly recalls the unending dreamscapes of ’90s “intelligent dance music” in cough syrup-thick waves. Opener “Fleur” is a spastic sense of deja vu exiled as machine manifesto that slows to ominous hits and tribal resolution. Somewhere in the middle is “Bladelores,” the album’s longest track at just over twelve minutes, and an epic downtempo piece that begins with simple kick, snare, and pizzicato glitch, soon accompanied by a stuttering bass sequence and drones that blur and resolve in ambient textures. “Exai” is an epic and uncanny electronic dream with a sense of nostalgic precognition balanced carefully against the boundaries of a more traditional identity. There is something of other worlds here, a well appreciated monolith. – Curt Brown, Experimedia

On March 5, 2013 Autechre will release their new album on Warp Records. Titled Exai, the album is Rob Brown and Sean Booth’s 11th full length, and follows 2010’s Oversteps and 2011’s 47 track collection EPs 1991 – 2002.

With a running time of 2 hours and 32 seconds, Exai will be available on two CDs and as a four disk vinyl set Both formats were designed in detailed packaging by longtime Warp collaborators The Designers Republic. The double CDs and quadruple LPs are beautifully packaged in individual wallets and sleeves respectively, printed in foil on the front and stickered on the reverse.

~ by acidted on March 2, 2013.

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