Are you telling me this is AE: SIGN? (Autechre LP 14)

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Might as well have a thread to live blog the live stream.

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 20:19 (three weeks ago) link

sir, when and where is that?

lukas, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 20:21 (three weeks ago) link

I'm writing about this one for tQ and hadn't realised they were doing this, so now I'm trying to cram my own thoughts out before I get influenced by others' reactions

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 20:21 (three weeks ago) link

Ah okay, autechre.warp.net, 1 Pacific tomorrow

lukas, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 20:23 (three weeks ago) link

'SIGN' Album Stream. Thursday 8th October.
22:00 CEST / 21:00 BST / 16:00 EDT / 13:00 PDT / 05:00 JST (9th)
https://autechre.warp.net

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 20:23 (three weeks ago) link

oh goodie!

calzino, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 20:25 (three weeks ago) link

Welp, goodbye plans to work tomorrow

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 20:30 (three weeks ago) link

> LP 14

[citation needed]

koogs, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 21:10 (three weeks ago) link

LP01 Incunabula
LP02 Amber
LP03 Tri Repetae
LP04 Chiastic Slide
LP05 LP5
LP06 Confield
LP07 Draft 7:30
LP08 Untilted
LP09 Quaristice
LP10 Oversteps
LP11 Exai
LP12 Elseq
LP13 NTS Sessions
LP14 SIGN

Are Elseq or NTS Sessions not official long players? I mean they were kinda extra long too. Unless you consider the 5 Elseqs and 4 Sessions their own LPs, in which case we're on LP21

EP7, Qradrange and Move of Ten don't count as official long players, despite containing enough music to be one.

octobeard, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 23:44 (three weeks ago) link

There's an argument against 12 and 13 being LP's given that 13 started as 8 hours of radio and, iirc, 12 was things they were using live. And the lengths count against them, imo, yes.

Maybe i'm just railing against calling something lp14 when it has a perfectly good name already. Like calling Jon Pertwee The Third.

koogs, Thursday, 8 October 2020 04:58 (three weeks ago) link

elseq doesn't overlap much with the live stuff, and it was described as an album by the label and the group at the time I think.
Also worth noting that several titles suggest a numbered list: Tri, LP5, Draft 7, Exai.

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 8 October 2020 05:21 (three weeks ago) link

If there's a numbered list - I wouldn't get hung up on it - SIGN suggests this is LP12: signs of the zodiac, the circle on the cover

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 October 2020 06:38 (three weeks ago) link

It's clearly (clearly!) the 14th release of long form studio material (accepting official designations of their EPs). I don't think 'things they were using live' clearly demarcates elseq from any other release.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 8 October 2020 07:36 (three weeks ago) link

i think it's possible to think of elseq and NTS as being something different to the "album" albums, and if you think of the number-related title sequence as a thing then i can make a case for "Sign" as 12 but can't figure a connection with 14

this is an entirely trivial game/crossword puzzle by the way, albums are long dead ffs

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 October 2020 07:47 (three weeks ago) link

after a very casual first listen "gr4" and "th red a" was my fave sequence of tracks.

calzino, Thursday, 8 October 2020 08:39 (three weeks ago) link

F7 is an absolute banger as well!

calzino, Thursday, 8 October 2020 08:52 (three weeks ago) link

vocal track "esc desc" takes a very lovely detour

calzino, Thursday, 8 October 2020 09:03 (three weeks ago) link

quite upset that “pissin AM” turned out to be exactly what it sounds like

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 8 October 2020 11:16 (three weeks ago) link

Still in doubt if I want to listen to this tonight? Like let it wash over me in all it's - undoubtedly awesome and confusing - glory, but without the chance to dive in again until the lp's arrive, versus ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and enjoy the ride.

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 8 October 2020 12:13 (three weeks ago) link

(psst..) it's *available* to stream on slsk as well

calzino, Thursday, 8 October 2020 13:54 (three weeks ago) link

tick.jpg

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 8 October 2020 14:22 (three weeks ago) link

(psst..) it's *available* to stream on slsk as well

― calzino, Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:54 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

How can we be sure they aren't fakes?

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 8 October 2020 16:15 (three weeks ago) link

the one on slsk right now is definitely not real

frogbs, Thursday, 8 October 2020 16:18 (three weeks ago) link

I like some of these fake Autechre tracks, they might be better than the real thing!

calzino, Thursday, 8 October 2020 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

hmmm

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 8 October 2020 16:23 (three weeks ago) link

So how does this work? I just go to the Warp page and it'll be there? Or is it being hosted someplace else?

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 8 October 2020 18:53 (three weeks ago) link

autechre.warp.net

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 October 2020 19:34 (three weeks ago) link

thanks!

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 8 October 2020 19:46 (three weeks ago) link

zomg i'm locked in

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 8 October 2020 19:49 (three weeks ago) link

lol i've got to go out shortly

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 October 2020 19:50 (three weeks ago) link

It's starting!

octobeard, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:00 (three weeks ago) link

Yay, going with silence beforehand was a good idea

Maresn3st, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:00 (three weeks ago) link

lol i wondered where the noises in the house were coming from then remembered i'd got the stream running

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:01 (three weeks ago) link

I love it already.

octobeard, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:02 (three weeks ago) link

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh

lukas, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:02 (three weeks ago) link

Those pesky sound designers next door

Maresn3st, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:02 (three weeks ago) link

i am listening on cheap child's headphones because our daughter is being restless and i didn't want to go upstairs and risk waking her, these were all i could find downstairs.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:03 (three weeks ago) link

avoid the chat. are those things always like this? gonna periodically check in here instead

love this already btw

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:03 (three weeks ago) link

damn

lukas, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:04 (three weeks ago) link

imagining myself on a beach tbh

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:04 (three weeks ago) link

Stuck at a city hall meeting #sadlol

Enjoy people.

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:04 (three weeks ago) link

That chatroom is so gross and unpleasant and reminds me why I don't look at 99% of things I could look at online

This is lovely music though

boxedjoy, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:06 (three weeks ago) link

lol i never dreamed of looking at the chat, same as i turn it off if i'm watching a football stream

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:07 (three weeks ago) link

yeah it's gorj so far. leaving the chat tab hidden for sure

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:07 (three weeks ago) link

The synthetic yet operatic quality of the pads and their lovely, cavernous reverb (which seems to be a different reverb effect they've been using the last 5-6 years) is incredible. Very different vibe immediately

octobeard, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:09 (three weeks ago) link

ah here we go on some electro shit

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:09 (three weeks ago) link

omg whut with this 2nd track already

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:10 (three weeks ago) link

oversteps feel here. so lush though! almost feels like they're trolling us.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:10 (three weeks ago) link

soo...Oversteps 2??? nice

frogbs, Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:11 (three weeks ago) link

def lush

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:11 (three weeks ago) link

I started with Tri Repeatae, didn't really like it. felt it was way cold and the super high-pitched tones on "Stud" annoyed the hell out of me. it's still probably my least favorite album of theirs. which I think speaks to how great their catalogue is.

frogbs, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:17 (one week ago) link

Fwiw, one reason I always lean to Tri Repetae as a recommendation is, no surprise, strictly personal, in that after the first two albums and especially them being clumped in with the IDM scene (specifically on those two Artificial Intelligence comps), "Clipper" specifically was something that clicked with me as totally new and mysterious. Made me a fan for life, tbh.

Which is the first Autechre album/track to really embrace that "ball bearings spilling out onto the floor" sound? I can't remember the chronology offhand. Is that LP5?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:18 (one week ago) link

Chiastic Slide is where they fully formed into the Autechre we know today imo

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Friday, 16 October 2020 16:19 (one week ago) link

Hmm, just googling around and found this dude, who ... seems to do a pretty good job summing things up?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea3FP5NqUqM

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:21 (one week ago) link

my impression is Tri Rep gets recommended the most because of "Garbage" on the bonus disc, which is probably the best way to convert the uninitiated (you like that, do you? well here's 30 hours of Autechre music, none of which sounds like this)

frogbs, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:22 (one week ago) link

dl, I like your list but would definitely have included "VI Scose Poise" (first track from Confield) on it; I think it's one of the most beautiful pieces in their catalog.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 16 October 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

Have to admit Tri Repetae too me a while to grow into as well. It's a very textural, granular and tone-free album; so depending on your tolerance for industrial sturm und drang it may or may not float your boat. I listen to it mainly for Leterel and Eutow, with Overand and C/Pach being pleasant surprises.
But it's quite a different album from Amber's pretty ambience.
Chiastic Slide is when they really started sounding like alien music as opposed to 'what humans think alien music sounds like'. 'Rettic AC' as the second track is like a statement of intent. 'Hub' is as far from a 'dance' tune as it gets. And even 'Cichli', for all its melodic wonder, is really a five-limbed thing

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Friday, 16 October 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

dl, I like your list but would definitely have included "VI Scose Poise" (first track from Confield) on it; I think it's one of the most beautiful pieces in their catalog.

― but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, October 16, 2020 5:24 PM (twenty-one seconds ago) bookmarkflaglink

It is very nice indeed, especially as a delicate opener to Confield (an album I still struggle with); but somehow I've always heard it as a retread of things like Drane2 off LP5, Krib off Cichli Suite and possibly Aphex Twin's Nannou.

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Friday, 16 October 2020 16:28 (one week ago) link

something i just noticed when playing back VI Scose Poise is that it's a shame it doesn't somehow segue into Cfern in a more pleasing way. it sounds like the two tunes almost have the same chord structure and should somehow blend together more satisfactorily

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Friday, 16 October 2020 16:36 (one week ago) link

Tri Repetae++ was my introduction to Autechre, which I decided to check out after falling in love with Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children. It didn't quite do it for me at first – it felt too harsh, too industrial – and I likewise found 'Stud' especially hard-going, but repeated (heh) spins dispelled my reservations. So I suppose whichever one you decide to start with, don't forget that it's unlikely to click straight away.

pomenitul, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:39 (one week ago) link

Whenever they release a new album I realize I spend so much time moving forward with them that I don't spend nearly as much time as I'd like listening back. To be fair, when you do things like release 8 hour albums it is a lot to ask to just put that in rotation with your other stuff. In some ways I think of each one as its own little island and don't necessarily consider how they connect as the Autechre archipelago, because it's just easier that way.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 October 2020 16:55 (one week ago) link

Was so looking forward to listening to this but I'm in meetings all day ;_;

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 16 October 2020 17:08 (one week ago) link

My first exposure to Ae was Chris Cunningham's video for "Second Bad Vilbel," which I thought was some pretty uniquely damaged posthuman electronic music. Cunningham's own feeling that the video was inadequate, apparently shared by Booth and Brown, made them seem like artists with an impossibly high standard (I thought the video was cool). So I tracked down a copy of the 2CD Tri Repetae, then out of print, and basically found it too cold and austere for me to take over the length of a (long) album. I had read about Confield's notorious difficulty and was curious about it but probably figured that if I didn't like TR I probably wouldn't like Confield either. Then when Quaristice came out the novelty of shorter tracks sounded appealing, so I tried it, but it didn't leave much of an impression.

Then in 2018 everyone was abuzz about NTS Sessions, and I was looking for something difficult and decided to try Confield after all. I did, finding it "makes me smile" funny, both in terms of the zany sounds and so-dark-it-comes-out-the-other-side senses. From there I headed straight into NTS Sessions, which was a proper listening adventure. I continue to enjoy not really knowing quite how to evaluate Ae — I don't seem to get inside their music as much as some of you here but I keep coming back to it nonetheless.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 16 October 2020 17:58 (one week ago) link

half the fun is that they're an enigma,a puzzle to be toyed with in the hope of unlocking it

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:27 (one week ago) link

Really enjoying SIGN right now (on my second listen). I can't tell if autechre has become more accessible or if I've become better at listening to them but I feel like over the last several albums I've been enjoying them almost immediately whereas before that it would take me months or years to appreciate them.

silverfish, Friday, 16 October 2020 18:31 (one week ago) link

half the fun is that they're an enigma,a puzzle to be toyed with in the hope of unlocking it

This is definitely a big part of the appeal for me, especially 00s autechre.

silverfish, Friday, 16 October 2020 18:33 (one week ago) link

This is their first release in 20 years (jeez) that I enjoy!

I want to luhbahguh babum gum (Leee), Friday, 16 October 2020 22:23 (one week ago) link

PHRASING

assert (MatthewK), Saturday, 17 October 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

https://diskunion.net/DU-X1_audio_player.html?id=1008189907&disc=1&track=12

Audio snippet of n Cur. Sounds lovely! They always send quality bonus tracks for the Japanese releases

octobeard, Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:37 (one week ago) link

yeah I remember Sean in the AMA thing they did answering a question about why they put such great exclusive tracks on Japanese CDs and he said something about the price of CDs in Japan being much higher so the bonus is extra enticement (paraphrasing here), but also about how people used to say their bonus tracks were shit, so they decided at some point to up their bonus track game (paraphrasing again)

I guess I'm the only sad bastard who read all 87 pages of that AMA huh

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:50 (one week ago) link

nope

assert (MatthewK), Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:55 (one week ago) link

grabbed this from WATMM, a poster known as alco. made me laugh:

alco review by alco:

this is the new "autechre" album by them, the brothers. it's called "sign" which is short for "signs." i believe this is an m night shaymalan (or whatever) reference and i believe the "liquid" and "aquatic" aesthetic is a direct reference to this film. iirc the film is about aliens who visit earth but the water is too wet for them and they freak out. hence the autechre album "sign," in other words the wet one by the brothers.


this album was given to me in strictest confidence by sean, one of the two brothers who go by "the 'chre." no one has heard it. he did a pre-release with fake tracks that rob sent him but the actual album is a solo album by sean himself. i asked if he was mad at rob and that's why he did this but he just said "nah" and "do you even know what you're talking about." rude, but typical. i believe this is "mancunian" but i'm from usa so i'm not sure.

track 1 "m4 diffain." this one is pretty cool, seriously. it starts off with your typical ae bullshit - little goofy fart type sounds and "dsp." but not so fast, this isn't your typical ae, this is new parameters ae. which means the first song abruptly changes to really fast vocal arpeggios and it is by "oneohtrix magix whatever" and everyone loves it. my mom called me from arizona and asked me what i was listening to and i told her but she didn't believe me. the end result of this conversation is that i am removed for her will and all of her vast fortune will be inherited by my brother who died several years ago. very strange stuff but this is what autechre is all about. this is "beat fuckery" of the highest order.

second track "Fruity Loops" version 7. sean sent me a post it in the mail saying this title is misleading and that he used version 8. i don't believe him. this clearly has version 7 vibes. for instance, there are synths on here with 2 oscillators and i know FL8 doesn't do this. this track is one of the "pads" tracks where he's copying rob. this means it's "lush" rather than "mental" and i feel a lot of emotions as a result. this causes me to feel like i am underwater but the water is made up of dreams instead of wetness. i'm swimming in my dreams and all around me are fish which are my different memories that are all sad and exquisite. there is a shark and that is my father. i'm scared but i miss him too. that's just how it works when you hear an "feels" track by sean (one of the brothers).

ok on to the next track which is called "sign" but the "gn" is replaced by "00" bc sean can't type (cf the name "autechre" - lol idiot). so this is the title track. it's also known as "the bubble track" or the "bubstep track" by the "bubble brothers." i came up with these names, i think they're pretty funny and i'm sending them off to warp records to see if they can be included in the promotional material for the record "sign" by autechre. i know one of the warp guys passed away (RIP) but i don't know which one so i will address my email "to whom it may concern." this track is obviously an hommage (mancunian: "piss take") to "analog bubblebath" by that one guy who told madonna to squeal like a pig. i appreciate that but the song has no tempo bc sean forgot to set it in "max" which is stupid bc it seems like he should know how to do that by now. this is where having rob in the studio would really come in handy but you gotta appreciate sean's effort. A for effort on this one, m9.

"esc desc" is weird bc it made me press "esc" which is one of the buttons on my keyboard (not sure if universal, as a creative/continental i am on "macintosh"). so anyway one of the new "features' of apple's new os is that when you press escape you can't use your iphone bc it's updated to the new ios which won't work on your phone bc it's now immediately obsolete. so, i wasn't using my phone and i didn't notice this but it's one of those things where everytime i use my phone i associate it with this track so i think this one sucks pretty bad bc it fucked up my phone. very "ambient" i guess.

"au 14" which, i believe, means "autechre 14" which refers to how long the brothers have been making music. 14 years already, hard to believe! i got into them back in 2019 kind of before they were well known. trent reznor emailed me and asked me to check them out and let him know my thoughts. i was like whatever man. but i'm glad i did because i'm a huge fan of stupid music that's just a bunch of sounds like if 5 rooms away some one wearing a suit of armor was vigorously fucking his collection of shields. au 14 is kind of lame though bc the beat has no bass, it's just like a 606 snare with their typical boss rsd10 delay on it like dude i've already heard this a million times. i'm guessing sean took this one from the archives to celebrate ae's 14th bday. lame. nothing out of ten.

so at this point in the record i had to flip over the digitals. the other side was messed up so i can't really comment. all i can say is that very clearly sean was trying to do a bunch of vocals and i guess warp let him do this bc he's in his 60s and they feel bad for him bc all the cool music is made by young people who are fashionable and use social media. some of the lyrics are really interesting though, i'll grant that. for example "psin AM" is about waking about and taking a leak and it's just kind of a cool slice of life thing like this is just sean giving his fans a peak at what it's like to be one of the ae brothers. i respect that. it's fan service but it's honest. then, weirdly, there's one called "th red a" which is another dumbass sean typo for "thread" and it's about posting on reddit and getting into creepy pasta and stuff. he sings about "slenderman" and whatever that one corny thing is where it's just like a shitty room with yellow walls and people on reddit are like "omg wow this is the scariest thing i've ever seen" and there are multiple youtube videos all with millions of views that are like "the room on reddit that will haunt you." apparently sean is into this kind of trash. fucking wanker lol

ok final track bc i have to go. to be honest i was just kind of skipping through most of this record and not really paying attention. nothing against sean but i just don't really like autechre or respect the band. the last track is typically called like "r gantz toodeetoo" or some corny shit like come on dude just call your tracks cool stuff like "bong garden" or "mother amulets" or "give me back my bike ii" it's unbelieveable that they keep releasing music with names like they do. anyway, this one is actually really good. i actually played it at 1% speed bc i wanted to enjoy it more. as a listener i feel there is no "proper" way to hear music, whatever i feel like doing is what i'm gonna do. so i played this out of one speaker at one percent. on the other speaker i was listening to squarepusher bc i really love some 100 year old man making wacky spasmatic beats like he's 11. it's so cool to me. plus, gotta love slap bass dude, it's so wacky as well. anyway, on this one sean steps away from the max bullshit and writes a proper tune with lots of cool synth sounds. you can tell he has a jupiter 8 bc it sounds very good. i'm also hearing a neve channel on this one, definitely got that signature rupert style sound. the beat is interesting, it's all samples of sean saying "cummies" but he makes it sound actually pretty serious and solemn. as i listened to this i envisioned myself as an old man, sitting in a retirement home staring at the wall. i can't make sense of a goddamn thing bc my brain has deteriorated so badly. thus, i am listening to caretaker. as old ballroom music plays with some reverb on it i have all these fragmented memories. i'm a child and it's "tree of life" and brad pitt is playing with me. my wife comes to visit me but i'm really mean to her for no reason and she goes home and cries bc while my organic vessel persists there is no longer love between us. i am gone. a nurse comes in to medicate me and it's discovered i've shit myself. this is normal. they change me and it's like i am a baby once more and i see my mother poiring baby powder on my ass and dick and stuff and i feel embarassed. luckily she puts a diaper on and doesn't linger staring at my literal baby dick. but then i'm an old man but i have the features of a baby. for like 5 seconds i remember where i am and what's going on. i hear the autechre song playing and it's like i am underwater again. i see all my memories drifting by, the fish memories, but now they are all corpses, the scales of their rotting flesh glimmering in the light. the smell is toxic, the water cold and inhospitable. i hear "cummies" "cummies" but it's like a sick beat that's completely fucked up. i don't know who i am but i know i never lived the life i wanted. i failed, i was a failure. "cummies" "cummies" "cummies" the beat gets more dissonant and i can feel the end. the last "cummies" beat plays as i close my eyes and drift away, a half lived life lost forever.

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Monday, 19 October 2020 09:14 (one week ago) link

many lols here. in a poll I'd be torn between

sean sent me a post it in the mail saying this title is misleading and that he used version 8. i don't believe him. this clearly has version 7 vibes.

this causes me to feel like i am underwater but the water is made up of dreams instead of wetness.

and

i'm a huge fan of stupid music that's just a bunch of sounds like if 5 rooms away some one wearing a suit of armor was vigorously fucking his collection of shields.

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 19 October 2020 09:37 (one week ago) link

^lol. But surely “Trent Reznor emailed me and asked me to check them out” wins though?

Album is great by the way!

the article don, Monday, 19 October 2020 12:17 (one week ago) link

oh my god that post, bravo

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Monday, 19 October 2020 12:23 (one week ago) link

I just like the idea of Warp letting Sean do a vocal track because they feel sorry for him

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Monday, 19 October 2020 12:42 (one week ago) link

lol at that post, guess I have to listen to this eh

Chip-vill-A (imago), Monday, 19 October 2020 14:10 (one week ago) link

That post is screaming for a vocal rendition.

pomenitul, Monday, 19 October 2020 14:18 (one week ago) link

I'm feeling both reactions on the thread...on the one hand, I'm into the album and it's a pleasant October surprise for Autechre to allow warm tones and human sentiment into their music.

On the other hand, it sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a Villaneuve movie. Which isn't really a slight, but it's maybe the first album in forever that sounds like it could (or would) have been made by someone else.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 19 October 2020 14:46 (one week ago) link

FP'd you for flashbacks to Hans Zimmer's crime-against-humanity reworking of Pink Floyd's 'Eclipse'.

pomenitul, Monday, 19 October 2020 14:48 (one week ago) link

lol

Trailers don't count though, they're their own special musical hellscape

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:27 (one week ago) link

Fair enough, exception granted.

pomenitul, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:28 (one week ago) link

This is definitely more ambient and soundtrack-y than most of their stuff. I've occasionally wondered if they would ever do (or if someone was interested in using them for) soundtrack work. I think they'd be good at it.

silverfish, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:55 (one week ago) link

I think I killed my enjoyment of this record by listening to both it and Oversteps for the first time last week, and Oversteps is by miles the more interesting and prettier record.

Matt DC, Monday, 19 October 2020 16:00 (one week ago) link

they both have a lot in common to be fair. for a while i was convinced some of the tracks on SIGN were remixes/re-versions of Oversteps tunes, but apparently not

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Monday, 19 October 2020 16:20 (one week ago) link

Wow apparently I need to revisit Oversteps

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 19 October 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

right now I'm hearing Depeche Mode's Behind The Wheel sung over the top of psin AM

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Monday, 19 October 2020 17:02 (one week ago) link

I also want to somehow make the claim that this is the first Ae album where very smart people can't make the by-now common observation that this is still hip hop influenced music deep down; but I'm not sure what to think of this myself even

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Monday, 19 October 2020 17:42 (one week ago) link

I think I've said before a couple of times this on this board but Oversteps/Move of Ten is probably the most underrated autechre era. I'm happy that they came back to this and I would love for SIGN to be their starting off point for going deeper into this sound.

silverfish, Monday, 19 October 2020 18:05 (one week ago) link

that idea is terrifying to me for some reason

xpost

lukas, Monday, 19 October 2020 18:07 (one week ago) link

This is their droniest album, which explains why I'm liking this.

I want to luhbahguh babum gum (Leee), Monday, 19 October 2020 18:52 (one week ago) link

I, ah, um, have you heard NTS Sessions? Also Amber feels way more droned out to me, e.g. Yulquen.

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 19 October 2020 20:28 (one week ago) link

hey my copy finally arrived

frogbs, Monday, 19 October 2020 20:48 (one week ago) link

still waiting for mine

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 19 October 2020 21:53 (one week ago) link

already has more ratings on RYM than all the elseqs and NTS Sessions in case you're wondering how them releasing a digestible album is going

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 01:44 (one week ago) link

does anyone get excited when psin AM comes on? it's like the honeydew melon of this delicious fruit salad of an album.

lukas, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 03:01 (one week ago) link

it sounds like something off of Black Dog's Bytes, and I mean that in the best possible way obv

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 03:34 (one week ago) link

I went back to Oversteps and it's tight, you all are right that the tones have more in common with the new one that I remembered, and it's got that lush reverb too. There are moments of 'Treale' that could genuinely be sampled & looped for a rap track too.

Thinking about how their drum sounds & patterns are what usually keeps ae sequestered in their own experimental/IDM zone. Taking out or de-emphasizing the beats on SIGN instantly put it in the same world as other ambient & soundtrack-y music, for better and/or worse.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 20:04 (one week ago) link

I wouldn't say it's solely their drum sounds & patterns - they have quite a distinct style of sound design and sound creation, e.g. the amazing robot gargling on pendulu hv moda or the darwinian tangled bank of elyc6 onset. That's still present here, though less so in some tracks.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 22 October 2020 08:01 (one week ago) link

Came today, picked it up on way in at 8, listening to it at just past midnight. Probably not ideal.

koogs, Friday, 23 October 2020 23:09 (six days ago) link


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