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Autechre - Chiastic Slide (1997) Retail CD
From what I've read, this album was recieved by an amount of shock when it was released. "Unlistenable!" "Too experimental" and so on. Maybe it's because I was listening to Merzbow before I even got into Ae, but I never thought this was that out there. That said, it's definitely a move on from Tri Repetae. Whilst all the mechanical beats and clangs of Tri Repetae are there, this time they've been mangled into more complex rhythms, strange time signatures and beats that are impossible to follow (I never have a clue what's going on when Ciapter changes from 4/4 into 3/4 half way through).There'smore… something that stops me liking the album as much as its predecessor. I think it might be lacking in mood points. It's not as overly cold, and uses far less reverb and soft sounds for that lonely feeling Tri Repetae gives me. In this case, the paranoia of before has been exchanged for white noise and random crunches here. It sounds a lot rougher than their earlier albums. The melodies, too, are becoming increasingly sparse. Whilst 'Cichli' is awash with lush strings, most tracks are more similar to its contrasting followup track, Hub, a mixture of crunchy, scrapy beats backed with a soft, dischordant synth that doesn't really make its presence known until half way through. Recury is a popular track, and one of my personal favourites too. An ever onwards moving hip-hop beat becomes increasinly soaked in cello-like abstract synths, reverbed yelps and strange background grinding noises that sound like the track was recorded next to an industrial factory. Unless you're into noisey and experimental IDM type stuff (in which case, you probably have this anyway), I'd recommend being familiar with what came before Chiastic Slide before diving in. It's worthwhile, but you'll learn to love it far faster if you've got an idea of what to expect.
- Autechre - Chiastic Slide (1997) Retail CD
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