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Autechre - PLUS 20.11.20


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Well I checked my order confirmation email and the small print at the bottom says

"For updates about your order visit Your Account, where you can see its status and download an invoice."

And I can see/download and invoice but not see any order status details...?  Anyway, I'm not angry (yet), it's just bizarre how the rest of Europe seems to have got their copies on or before release day.

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Soloman Tump said:

Well I checked my order confirmation email and the small print at the bottom says

"For updates about your order visit Your Account, where you can see its status and download an invoice."

And I can see/download and invoice but not see any order status details...?  Anyway, I'm not angry (yet), it's just bizarre how the rest of Europe seems to have got their copies on or before release day.

 

 

I believe the shipping details would be visible if you chose the tracked delivery option. I received the email a few days ago, but I have not yet received anything - i'm from Italy - and, as in your case, I cannot check the status of the order. The same thing happened with sign and everything was fine

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Nah I order from bleep a fair bit and you get an 'order has been dispatched' email even with standard shipping. If they've fucked up the UK stock levels or something I can live with a delay but an email update one way or the other would be nice.

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2 hours ago, danshoebridge said:

Nah I order from bleep a fair bit and you get an 'order has been dispatched' email even with standard shipping. If they've fucked up the UK stock levels or something I can live with a delay but an email update one way or the other would be nice.

Agreed.

However its a bit shite when I ordered within ten minutes of it being announced, and yet some who ordered it last week have received theirs.

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Arrived in Ireland on Saturday. Sign took weeks to arrive, turned out they mistakenly sent it by standard mail instead of tracked (but sent a refund for the difference)

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On 11/23/2020 at 10:11 AM, Lexicon said:

US SEC copy arrived one day late on Saturday. I believe all US shipped out of distro in NC. 

I got mine on the 20th (in California), so it seems possible that it was shipped out from the US -- despite charging for int'l shipping (unlike with SIGN, which clearly domestic shipping and was charged as such).  Not really complaining, but it's a bit weird.  

Either way, these both got here in a timely manner, which is rare for Bleep IME unless coming from US distro.  

 

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PLUS does seem to have the famous autechre 'grower' effect in spades… first 2/3 of the album was sounding absolutely banging on the latest listen.

I still feel it drops off a bit on those last 3 tracks though, TM1 still isn't doing much for me and the 2 previous tracks sound very much like SIGN outtakes.

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still stand by my inital impression: solid to great tracks not gelling all that well as an album (whatever that means). sign stays the main attaction. still more than glad to have both. ready for the accompanying live set.

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sign/plus review in croatian newspaper lol:

https://www.jutarnji.hr/kultura/glazba/izmedu-musique-concrete-i-eksperimentalnog-techna-za-setnju-novim-zagrebom-15033498

google translate:

"The Manchester duo Autechre began their career in 1987 under the influence of Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Kraftwerk to gain the aura of avant-garde techno artists in the 90s; one would also say terrorists given the radicalism of their music. Two weeks apart, the albums “SIGN” and “PLUS” now offer two sides of their aesthetics. The first, conditionally speaking more melodic and ambient. And another, more rhythmic and fragmentary.

On "SIGN" they allow you to float and float before being pressed by coarser and harder synthesizer structures, while on "PLUS" they immediately shock you like an ice-cold shower on sun-burned skin. I’m not going to say that Rob Brown and Sean Booth had sadomasochism in mind as they created tapes for “SIGN” and “PLUS” that are instructive to listen to alternately or one after the other to get a complete impression, but they are definitely not easy to listen to.

On the contrary, they require engagement and concentration, and I personally find it interesting to walk through the architecture and urbanism of New Zagreb with the Autechre matrices because they are abstract sound sculptures, between musique concrète and experimental techno and algorithmic combinations of rhythms and melodic intrusions. The enigma is how Autechre managed to survive with such music, and "SIGN", close to the Top 40 best-selling UK albums, surpasses "PLUS" for my taste."

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TM1 is so blunted. the smooth acid bassline, chill melody, spacious atmosphere. it's lovely to hear them making such a fun and lighthearted track that rewards but doesn't necessarily demand deep listening

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I’m not sure whether others have noticed this, haven’t seen mention of it this far, but PLUS (and to a slightly lesser degree, SIGN) sound really different on vinyl when compared to lossy digital. TM1 and ecol4 have a huge dynamic range on vinyl and the layered-ness of it all really shines through. Interestingly to my ears however, spotify and headphones sounds busier and more frenetic. It’s fascinating - neither one edges it as such - the difference almost make them feel like different tracks...


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