Let's not get carried away, it's all down to taste here. A whole spectrum of different things we can ponder/argue about. Ok Teartear may not be as sinister or dark, it may not "fit with the rest of amber" coz it's not as "refined" or tries too hard, but if this were 1994 you all would be holding crucifixes up at that shit. Fast forward to now - anything said on the matter is purely personal and subjective. I freakin' love the way that track sounds... Theres something about 'perlance' that is unnerving to me also, but I eat it up for breakfast!
Teartear is sinister for sure but yeah you gotta admit it's kind of a cheesy teenage variety of sinister. Nil always made me think of peaceful contact with aliens and Teartear gave me this image of one of the aliens getting beaten down on the deck of a battleship. That's about as sinister as it got for me, the whole album is a bit overly detached and polite except Yulquen and Piezo.
It's definitely down to taste. But I've listened to Amber hundreds, maybe a thousand times, so I feel entitled to my opinion on it at this point
I didn't say it didn't fit with the rest of Amber - I think it fits in just fine. The mood in Foil, Further, and Teartear is very similar to me. And Glitch and Montreal are just around the corner.
I agree that Amber tries too hard and Autechre kind of obliquely acknowledged that, or at least said that they were going through an "annoying" phase. It's not hard to imagine how that went. They sent Warp the demo that became Incunabula, which naturally followed Legofeet and their live sets from the time. Then they were like oh fuck, we're signed, we better put a proper album together, cranked up the reverb and psyched themselves out somewhat. I wouldn't say it was a mis-step but it pales in comparison with Tri Rep which was bold, rich, and polished, except the screeching high end on some of the tracks like Leterel and Stud. It's not all that surprising that the outtakes (the Garbage EP) are so much more interesting and cohesive than Amber proper.
Slip, Piezo, Nine, and Yulquen are gorgeous though. Also Roo agreed with me about Teartear
And yeah Perlence is great. It's one of the tracks where they really turned up the cheesiness but it's so fun. It reminds me of a flying battleship from Super Mario Brothers.