Monday, 19 March 2018
Autechre - Oversteps (2010)
Opener Ress fades in gradually, to a looming, 22nd-century cityscape that eventually picks up a beat that seems at odds with the dark ambient overlay. After that, we're into full-on Autechre with Ilanders - everything twisted out of shape, but if you listen closely there's a definite melodic progression just under the surface, and occasionally shining through. Known (1) is more accessible again, like a cyborg JS Bach playing to post-human courtesans.
Thereafter, the track titles (with a couple of exceptions) descend into full-on fist on the keyboard gibberish, and the tracks continue to ping back and forth between dark, metallic constructions and bright, sparkling melodies - the gorgeous See On See being my personal favourite of the latter. For all their early work now sometimes sounding a bit dated, and their latter-day epics sometimes getting too far out there even for me, Oversteps is probably the perfectly-balanced Autechre album.
Previously posted at SGTG: Confield