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51 minutes ago, eclipsis said:

Exai + L-event was originally planned to be released as a series of five EPs but ended up as an album (Exai = 4 vinyl discs) and an EP (L-event = 1 vinyl). Fun fact: L-event vinyl package fits into the Exai box along with the four discs.

Funnily enough, I feel like L-Event is more in its own little sound world than the rest of Exai.

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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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I also hope that the next one also marks out it's own little world in contrast to SIGN, rather than just being a bunch of odds n sods that didn't fit. That said I won't be in the least bit disappointed if it is an assortment.

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                                                                                       SIGN was my first complete ae experience

                                                                                 i see GREEN in my future......... soon.

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I think its rather beautiful 😉
Really enjoy having a compact and focussed work again for a change.
Also think its a smart move to counter the 'logic' of the ever expanding format, freeing them from expectations which might otherwise work against them, if that makes sense. Unpredictability as a virtue autechre always cultivated and for a reason I think.

I'm suprised to see so many 'dissapointed' reactions - to me r cazt alone made my day.
Floors me each time - don't remember when i last heard a tune so instantly recognisable as a future classic.

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1 hour ago, EXTRASUPER81 said:

Funnily enough, I feel like L-Event is more in its own little sound world than the rest of Exai.

I agree. Exai has a more expansive, almost utopian feel (even when it goes a bit dark), and L-Event is probably Ae's "scariest" or most menacing sounding record. The website mangling stunt suited it really well as there's definitely a kind of Twilight Zone-esque nightmare/confusion vibe to it for me.

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this album is like my wife, i'm very confused and some of these tracks seem to love and caress me but they also hate me and want to destroy my penis

 

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12 minutes ago, Chabraendeky said:

Was this already shared here?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/arts/music/autechre-sign-interview.html

NY Times interview with Ae abut SIGN. There are some pearls in it...

BROWN One charge that people level at us is where’s the emotion? Where’s the notes? Where’s the tunes? It’s nonsense.

BOOTH The issue for me has always been that I can feel it. So I wonder sometimes whether our emotions are too subtle for people to pick up on. You can’t think that we’re not feeling it. I mean, what would be the point in doing music if you weren’t feeling it?
 

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Sometimes I’ll just write bits of software, send them to Rob and then he’ll send to me these weird tracks. I don’t even know how he does half of them. Even though we’re the only people who use our software, he still manages to find an unorthodox way of using it.

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Metaz form8, gr4 and th red A are becoming favourites. At first I thought these big blustery, sizzling synth tones would get tiresome quickly but actually the opposite is coming true. Th red A in particular - it's "just" those chords for the first while but you can just bathe in the shifting sound of the pads. My suspicion that the real magic of this album is in the sound design and production is being confirmed by deeper listening and by the thoughtful reviews posted by folks here. Thx

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I'm still waiting on the LP to come in so I can give this a second listen.  For some idiotic reason or another.  

But I'm going back to the elseqs in the meantime, because NTS and the more recent live sets kind of sucked all of the air out of that space for me.  So much good shit, and I still feel like I haven't fully learned to live in it all even though it's mostly all well worth living in  (NTS has a few spotty bits for me, although far fewer than something that massive should be expected to have).  

I guess that's all just to say I'd be ok if SIGN's companion takes a little while to arrive, but I have a feeling it'll be here soon.  

IIRC, the Bros. 'Chre were a little worried about how Oversteps would be received, and maybe that's why MoT hurried along after it.  Seems like Sean feeling a bit similarly re: SIGN in that NYT interview, with it being too on the nose or whatever.  

Edit: either way, they've been in Jewish mom mode since Quaristice: eat, eat, you're skin and bones, have some Versions with that?  And that generosity is so rare and welcome, so who am I to say I'm a bit full at the moment MOM

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54 minutes ago, Chabraendeky said:

Was this already shared here?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/arts/music/autechre-sign-interview.html

NY Times interview with Ae abut SIGN. There are some pearls in it...

thanks for sharing! dang, after reading that i want the full 2 hour conversation... very enlightening in places indeed!

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How do you feel about the album when you listen to it now?

"It’s strangely jarring.[...]It’s difficult to listen to because it’s too emotionally resonant.[...]I’m reluctant to play it too much because I feel like that place it puts me in is perhaps a little bit too cathartic."

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exactly.

 

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4 minutes ago, jaderpansen said:

thanks for sharing! dang, after reading that i want the full 2 hour conversation... very enlightening in places indeed!

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How do you feel about the album when you listen to it now?

"It’s strangely jarring.[...]It’s difficult to listen to because it’s too emotionally resonant.[...]I’m reluctant to play it too much because I feel like that place it puts me in is perhaps a little bit too cathartic."

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exactly.

 

"It’s difficult to listen to because it’s too emotionally resonant. "

nail on the head. fuck. this is how i felt on first listen. so heavy. 

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7 minutes ago, jaderpansen said:

thanks for sharing! dang, after reading that i want the full 2 hour conversation... very enlightening in places indeed!

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How do you feel about the album when you listen to it now?

"It’s strangely jarring.[...]It’s difficult to listen to because it’s too emotionally resonant.[...]I’m reluctant to play it too much because I feel like that place it puts me in is perhaps a little bit too cathartic."

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exactly.

 

Really, really do want the full conversation. It was like "is that it!?"

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