Autechre ‎– Confield

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VI Scose Poise 6:56
Cfern 6:41
Pen Expers 7:08
Sim Gishel 7:14
Parhelic Triangle 6:03
Bine 4:41
Eidetic Casein 6:12
Uviol 8:35
Lentic Catachresis 8:30

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
warpcd128 Autechre Confield(CD, Album) Warp Records warpcd128 UK 2001 Sell This Version
warplp128 Autechre Confield(2xLP, Album) Warp Records warplp128 UK 2001 Sell This Version
warplp128 Autechre Confield(2xLP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Warp Records warplp128 UK 2001 Sell This Version
WARPCDD 128 Autechre Confield(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD 128 UK 2001
WARPCDD 128 Autechre Confield(9xFile, WAV, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD 128 UK 2001
warpcd128 Autechre Confield(CD, Album) Warp Records warpcd128 US 2001 Sell This Version
BRC-34, BRC34 Autechre Confield(CD, Album) Beat Records, Warp Records, Beat Records, Warp Records BRC-34, BRC34 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
7243 8 10291 2 1 Autechre Confield(CD, Album) Source 7243 8 10291 2 1 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
warpcd128, rtd 126.3686.2 Autechre Confield(CD, Album) Warp Records, Zomba Records warpcd128, rtd 126.3686.2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
WARPCD 128 Autechre Confield(CDr, Album) Warp Records WARPCD 128 UK 2001 Sell This Version
BRC-471 Autechre Confield(CD, Album, RE) Beat Records, Warp Records BRC-471 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
WARPCDD128 Autechre Confield(9xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warp Records WARPCDD128 Unknown

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srcosmo

srcosmo

November 7, 2017
referencing Confield, CD, Album, warpcd128

The mid-1990s saw Autechre embark on a pilgrimage away from the ambient techno of their debut. By the turn of the century, they'd covered some pretty strange territory, like the whirring, complex LP5 and arid ep7. But none of that could've prepared listeners for 2001's Confield. Fans hoping for a return to more familiar sounds must've figured that the duo had finally gone off the deep end.

And at first glance, it's hard to blame them. Confield is alien: every detail seems off-kilter and unfamiliar. Bass and percussion co-mingle. Melodic accents drift in, stuttering, then vanish. Tempo is kept by insectoid munching noises. The instrumental timbres are unearthly. It better resembles a snooty musique concrète experiment than the rest of the Warp catalog.

And yet the result is… actually good. The gentle opener "VI Scose Poise" conjures up images of a spinning top in some antiseptic surgical suite. "Cfern" breaks into an unexpected swing, and might've been called jazz if the rhythm and marimba parts weren't played by a computer running Max/MSP patches or whatever. "Sim Geshel" takes a darker turn, propelled along by relentless martial clicks.

The album peaks with "Parhelic Triangle", a great example of everything gone wrong and right at the same time. "Parhelic" is like a bizarro world dance track. It has all the normal components, but they're just… off. There's a part that's almost a breakbeat, but it's mangled and out of step, looping irregularly against a triad of hollow bells lurking in the background. There are chord progressions but they're dreary and cold. It even has the frail, halting ghost of a snare rush. The overall effect is beyond disconcerting. It falls into uncanny-valley territory, like listening to club music written by a sentient ant colony.

"Bine", the album's only real flop, shows just how fine a line the producers have walked between regularity and chaos. It's less structured than the other tracks and suffers for it, never resolving into an interesting whole.

Fortunately it's followed by more good stuff. "Eidetic Casein" locks into a downtempo groove built around detuned gamelan-like sounds. "Uivol" begins as a tranquil ambient piece, but ominous disturbances appear on the horizon. Finally "Lentic Catachresis" shakes apart Confield's already fractured structure until nothing is left.

One thing I enjoy about this album is how little compromise you'll find. There's an inner logic that reveals itself with careful listening, but Confield doesn't extend any special effort to draw you in. It's an artistic statement that you can take or leave as it stands.

As you might expect from something so odd, it has aged very little. While the mastering does seem a bit thin for contemporary ears, the music still sounds almost as foreign as it did way back in April 2001. In fact, even Autechre themselves retreated from this direction somewhat: they have never returned to Confield's austere formalism, and their subsequent records don't have quite the same tone or feel.

So, Confield is unique. It's worth approaching on its own terms. I recommended it to daring listeners, and especially anyone who finds electronic music boring or predictable. If this album doesn't surprise you, nothing will.
dumaisaudio

dumaisaudio

January 14, 2017
referencing Confield, 2xLP, Album, warplp128
Does anyone know if this originally came with a folded poster? I got a copy a few years ago off eBay and it has a folded poster (20" by 30") of the cover and saying Tour 2001 along the side. Not sure if it was a promo that someone just threw into their copy or if it was included with early copies.
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September 22, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Confield, CD, Album, warpcd128
Confield is an album of mind-crushing brilliance... one that requires your full attention. It's definitely a worthy successor to LP5 and all.

People talk of this album being soulless... like the albums before weren't already soulless. I'd say they're all alike. There are deep melodies to be found here, very abstract... but soul??

If I want soul I'll listen to Otis-fucking-Redding.
DLD493

DLD493

July 29, 2016
edited 6 months ago
referencing Confield, CD, Album, warpcd128

Most would say this is Ae at their weirdest and most difficult.
I'd instead say them at their weirdest is Quaristice, and them at their most difficult might be elseq.
This, along with the rest of the stretch from LP5 to Untilted, is Autechre at their finest.
All their stuff is great, though.
Even Bine.
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

June 9, 2016
referencing Confield, CD, Album, warpcd128
Yer not my favourite thats for sure, all technique not much soul.
More for chin stoking than enjoyment. *just my opinion.
obionekenjobi

obionekenjobi

June 21, 2015
referencing Confield, CD, Album, warpcd128
I loved Autechres first 5 album's but this is dog shit, all I can here is a load of racket. All the reviews below must of got a totally different cd in there's that was great. It's the only Autechre Cd I have ever got rid of.
drillkicker

drillkicker

March 24, 2015
referencing Confield, 2xLP, Album, warplp128
I think it's amusing that all of the liner notes are written exclusively on the spine.
harbri

harbri

March 6, 2015
referencing Confield, 2xLP, Album, warplp128

Probably Ae best release .. but Untilted is still growing .. 5/5
__Human__

__Human__

November 13, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Confield, 2xLP, Album, warplp128
I'll always be a fan of their earlier work... but I still love this release! It's my fave out of the newer direction they took... after LP5.
Draft 7.30 is a close 2nd.
josiextrent

josiextrent

November 14, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Confield, CD, Album, warpcd128
oh my fucking god. it's undescribable. like shooting ketamine in your vein while beign abducted by intangible alien examination machine. best autechre's album. i can not imagine how ANY electronic music artist could top what sean and rob done here. the only thought that this music is made by humans makes me wonder: how the fuck is that possible? masterpiece