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With recent albums SIGN and PLUS you can clearly hear the big difference in sounds, textures and composing style compared to Incunabula, Amber and their Lego Feet stuff. 
Older releases are almost Pop album for the kindergarten compared to the very deep soundscapes in OneSix and all of their Live material, NTS and Elseq. 
Even Rob and Sean thinks their old stuff sounds a bit "cheesy" but this of course in a positive manner. 

What happen if you can take all this elements of Autechre and blend it to one piece?
The answer is: Rae

With Rae filled with crunchy beats, abstract noises and a beautiful FM chord progession just blasting off in your face with nothing in mind except for taking you on a ride where you don't even know where the destination is. 
After 3 minutes intense beat mangling it slows down and the mix goes into a new phase: this time with no punchy bass drums and the track turns slower. The percussions with more sounds added and melodies getting clearer and has more layers and texture as it then fades out to only hearing the main tones almost a minute before it ends. 

This is when Autechre peeks! This is what I would wish to hear more of. This is the root of Autechre. 

On a big Facebook Poll the group admin turned Autechre tracks against each other for people to rank their favorite tracks. The competition went on for many days and it ended with the highest ranked Autechre tracks in a Final Poll. 

And the winner track was? You guessed it! 
 

 

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Love this about Autechre. 

I've got 50 tracks of theirs 'liked' on Spotify and Rae isn't in the list. 

That doesn't mean that anyone is wrong. 

Just means that there is different 'peak' Autechres for everyone. 

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But Dropp is also peak Ae. And Surripere. And Cloudline. And Dilankex rmx. And tt1pd. And Vletrmx. And Pendulu hv moda. And... 

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Truly incredible track. Can't call it my favorite when there's so much other gold abound but it is one of the great ones. LP5 is usually the album I recommend to new listeners, I've always felt like it's their pop album in a way.

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havent listened to a lot of their older stuff in quite some times but...yeah...speechless. just an utterly beautiful track

 

the melodies are fucking saying SO MUCH. cant put it into words. 

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Tip top tune. I still listen to LP5, probably twice a year and it still blows me away. As an album viewed from beginning to end and as a whole, its probably my favourite. I'm careful not to overplay it though. I did purposely rest it for a few years. Though Corc not Rae is my pick of the crop.

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LP5 was my first Autechre album so naturally holds a very special place in my heart. I totally agree that the album as a whole works so damn well, the track listing has such great tension and release... Feels like a really dark story with glimmers of hope.

Rae is the first warm hopeful moment, and then it turns in that second half... It's so tragic!

Still one of my favorite albums of all time. I think it's their album that has the strongest sense if narrative.

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Rae is definitely a great one from LP5. I like almost everything on there, though I've never enjoyed Melve. Acroyear2 is weighed down somewhat by its melody for me on some listens. Corc is very, very pretty and has a very nostalgic quality to it, the melody often recalls their first two albums in a good way. But it doesn't quite fit with the others in my estimation.

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28 minutes ago, splesh said:

Rae is definitely a great one from LP5. I like almost everything on there, though I've never enjoyed Melve. Acroyear2 is weighed down somewhat by its melody for me on some listens. Corc is very, very pretty and has a very nostalgic quality to it, the melody often recalls their first two albums in a good way. But it doesn't quite fit with the others in my estimation.

I used to feel that way about Acroyear2, I thought the melody was cheesy in a similar way to how I saw that melody in Autriche. But now it feels more like an essential part of the track that that I love, its like an anchor for the percussive / noisy / timbre changing melody that expresses so much. They seem to reinforce and synergize each other in a way that wasn't obvious to me early on, great track.

And of course Rae is great, though quite a depressing track to me, starts out with so much energy and then seems to get sickly and crippled, something like that anyway.

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