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Autechre create a fascinating sonic world on their fifth album release, where electronic pulses and blips are used to create fantastic textural waves. Members Sean Booth and Rob Brown prove they’ve become masters of programming throughout, issuing a more than suitable follow-up to their critically praised 1995 release, Tri Repetae++ (1997’s Chiastic Slide wasn’t considered a true follow-up by the band). Although it may be hard to take for those uninitiated into Autechre’s unique style (it’s hard to detect melodies initially), you’ll discover something new with each repeated listen. Since all the songs are cut from the same sonic cloth, the album is best when listened to in its entirety, but the tracks “Acroyear2,” “Rae,” and “Fold4, Wrap5” are definite highlights. Although not for everyone, LP5 should be admired, since it’s not comparable to anything past or present. Uncompromisingly cutting-edge.

Less than a year after a vaunted full-length, Autechre returns with an hour-long EP that, given the artistic and sonic departures inside, could easily have made it LP6 instead of EP7. Sean Booth and Rob Brown’s insistence on coaxing only the most spidery and alien bits of percussion from their PC audio software is in full effect, as on 1998’s LP5, but the duo appears to have pulled back a bit from the yawning edge of abstract sonic manipulation. The paper-thin Selected Ambient Works-style melodies are back, with everything from steel drums (on “Maphive 6.1”) to cheesy organ noodlings (on “Pir”). As such, it’s an affecting (and effective) release — not quite as futuristic or distinctive as LP5 but a bit more fun to listen to.

-Greg Prato, John Bush, allmusic.com

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LP5 (1998)
EP7 (1999)
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