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This album is less a sequel to oversteps and more a sequel to quaristice. I don't know why, it just feels that way to me. I have no objective reasoning

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alco review by alco:   this is the new "autechre" album by them, the brothers. it's called "sign" which is short for "signs." i believe this is an m night shaymalan (or whatever) reference a

the autechre brothers. "the signs" in 2020. october. i forget the date. i'm meeting up with them, the "boys" of autechre. sean, the one who thinks its sick to make beats super wacky is smoking a cigar

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The shape on the album cover suggested to me more onesix trickery. But this is very new territory to me.. loving it.

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I'm a little concerned that this one will end up taking the back seat in my Ae rotation, perhaps even after Oversteps which I hardly ever listen to. I can't really think of any tracks that have enough excitement for me to just pick them and put them on randomly, it's kind of a self-contained album. Even Oversteps has Ilanders, Treale, D-sho Qub

As much as I appreciate their textures and sound design, I come to Ae for the intricate beats and composition, and I don't feel that in Sign much at all. Maybe my opinion will change in the future.

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Yo, i address loudly so errybody hears: it's named SIGN as in abbreviation, there's a difference there, do you also call Untilted Untitled coz who cares or what, we're in Ae subforum

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OMG JUST NOTICED BLERP DL BUT WIFE @ HOME CANNOT LISTEN

pls

20 minutes ago, Amen Lare said:

Yo, i address loudly so errybody hears: it's named SIGN as in abbreviation, there's a difference there, do you also call Untilted Untitled coz who cares or what, we're in Ae subforum

My favourite album is Cornfield. 

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1 hour ago, Bubba69 said:

This album is less a sequel to oversteps and more a sequel to quaristice. I don't know why, it just feels that way to me. I have no objective reasoning

Yes! I see that. Especially tracks like Notwo (this one especially), Altibzz, and Outh9X (and the more minimal 'overtly' synthy ambient ones off Quadrage, and Altichyre.) But also in other ways (like the approach to pacing and detail), it seems quite stylistically reflective of Quaristice.  

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Gave this two more complete listens today. I think I'm done with it. I'll probably listen again from time to time but this album just didn't have enough going on to demand attention. That's kind of strange because lots of the music I like is sort of drone/ambient in quality. It's got some nice sounds, textures etc. I'm glad they're still putting out stuff and maybe their next one will different again. But this album was a miss for me. It comes across as sort of like Oversteps but without the memorable melodies.

I can't really explain why I haven't warmed to it - it just doesn't do anything for me. Also, there are so many artists out there vying for attention that I'm just not that much of a hardcore AE fan that I just want to keep listening to it over and over (and over) again until I've convinced myself it's an amazing piece of work (which it isn't) IMO.

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51 minutes ago, Lianne said:

Yes! I see that. Especially tracks like Notwo (this one especially), Altibzz, and Outh9X (and the more minimal 'overtly' synthy ambient ones off Quadrage, and Altichyre.) But also in other ways (like the approach to pacing and detail), it seems quite stylistically reflective of Quaristice.  

Notwo is one of my fave tracks by the 'chre bros. First time I've heard it I was thinking how much I'd love an AE album fully in this vein. Although I doubt it is anything like Notwo I really look forward to listen to SIGN. In the meantime I'm re-listening NTS seshs and some other stuff by the bois.

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I like it, it's unfurling nicely.

First few listens suffer under the weight of 'M4 Lema' (which reminds of 'Under BOAC', probably the beats) but the others begin to show themselves as they should.

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M4 Lema, F7, schmefd 2 & gr4 doesn't do anything for me, the rest I like a lot. Not shure if I like the shorter track-lengths, I like looong jammy tracks that stays around for a while.  I'm curious about "the second album"...

si00, esc desc & r cazt get played the most around here.

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I'm hearing elements of deco Loc buried in M4 Lema, especially in the 3-4 minute range. A couple of really clear examples are around 3:13 and 3:39.
 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Wurstwasser said:

OMG that's bad, because we all know Quaristice is their worst album. 

Quaristice has really grown on me! I was going through a lot of other new music by artists and came back to it after years and it seemed so imaginative, daring and vibey in light of the other electronic albums I was trying to get on with. Even tracks like Steels that I didn’t used to enjoy seemed pretty fascinating. I think now having a better sound system made a huge difference - the album has some amazing bass action. 
Still don’t get on with the second half as much as the first, though. But tracks 1-11 are a golden run. Simmm was an instant hit and still floors me. 🙂

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4 hours ago, Wurstwasser said:

OMG that's bad, because we all know Quaristice is their worst album. 

I’m not sure how you can say that. For me, Untilted is my fav single album. That one was a pretty sharp turn and had no eps or anything. But what it did have was the most ridiculous tour unlike anything they’d done before. The Untilted live set is boss level stuff. And Quaristice was born from those enourmous beasts. As was the Versions album, which should satisfy any complaining of the shorter track lengths from the regular album. The Quadrange EP is the best of the lot in those releases. And then the Quaristice tour was another level in ridiculous and relentless monster beat fuckery. The Quaristice era proper was one of the biggest turning points of their career and by no means should be considered the worst of anything. 

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7 hours ago, Lianne said:

This is where I seem to be now (I will cringe at this a few weeks from now no doubt):

 

this is dumb but i put on nts after having not listened to it for a year, and i never liked it, and now all i want is to listen to elyc9 7hres for the rest of my life. from start to finish. not sure what happened back then, curious if there will be other surprises later (first listen now). also gonk steady one stood out tonight as well.

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8 minutes ago, jules said:

I’m not sure how you can say that. For me, Untilted is my fav single album. That one was a pretty sharp turn and had no eps or anything. But what it did have was the most ridiculous tour unlike anything they’d done before. The Untilted live set is boss level stuff. And Quaristice was born from those enourmous beasts. As was the Versions album, which should satisfy any complaining of the shorter track lengths from the regular album. The Quadrange EP is the best of the lot in those releases. And then the Quaristice tour was another level in ridiculous and relentless monster beat fuckery. The Quaristice era proper was one of the biggest turning points of their career and by no means should be considered the worst of anything. 

I’m not as massive an autechre fan as most round these hurr parts so maybe not any value in me agreeing with you. But honestly I’ve never understood how much hate there is for quaristice as I quite enjoy that album. So many standout tracks on it.

90101-51, IO, Simmm, and perlence come to mind immediately as some of the most played and loved tracks of theirs in my books.

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Just now, danshoebridge said:

Has anyone noticed the vinyl release date on bleep is now Oct 30? CD still going out on 16 though.

Damn, no I think you’re the first to point that out. 

That sucks

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3 minutes ago, danshoebridge said:

Has anyone noticed the vinyl release date on bleep is now Oct 30? CD still going out on 16 though.

Uhm, my vinyl has been dispatched on Friday.

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i like Quarstice. it's full of some real gems too. the Quaristice Versions release especially. I also hear some Quaristice vibes in SIGN... more than Oversteps vibes. 

 

 

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It's funny having been on this forum for almost 20 years at this point and every time a new album comes out it's the exact same deal as far as immediate reactions go. Of course people just straight up might not like this, but this feels like the Oversteps release all over again, and Quaristice before that. Predicting some changes of heart in the next 2-4 weeks.

I for one love the return to a more melody driven style but everybody's got their own thing!

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I think a lot of the Quaristice hate arose out of the fact that it was a 3 year wait between albums (I think their longest gap ever?) So there was a lot of time for fans to build expectations, and Untilted was a tough act to follow. That initial reception seems to have kinda lingered with a lot of longtime fans. Content-wise I think it has stood the test of time and contains a lot of solid material, and definitely marked a new era where they started to reveal a lot more about their process. 

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