Oversteps and move of ten were ok and fun in places but it's really UNREAL how extremely good Exai and el-seq then turned out to be. I'm still so amazed by their two latest releases. Just wow!
By their dense sound design yeah, but they've continued the jazzy noodling aimlessness that began on Oversteps. They've talked about having more flexible control on that album, being able to subtlety tweak a whole track throughout its creation and not being as restricted. I wouldn't begin to know what they mean in terms of their software and hardware, but it's evident in their approach.
I miss the structured rigorous repetition of the epic 7 minutes compositions on Untilted where each track grabs holds of your brain and punches it from side to side. Their new stuff is like being amazed for 30 seconds but left bored after 10 minutes. I think the limitations on track construction on everything pre Oversteps is what gave Autechre their magnetic sound. I think I just like repetition though, and think it always does that. Endlessly building, like Recury. But something like Tewe was graceful too, and so complex and dense, without being a noisey sludge of sounds happening every second. I like Xanopticon, but it's samey, and not something with variety i can listen to for too long. Autechre definitely constructed songs, or at least compositions. Like Rae. The build up, timing, release, the melody coming in.
Untilted was like a satisfying workout for your ears, new Autechre is like an endurance.