Autechre ‎– Confield

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Warp Records ‎– warpcd128
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Tracklist

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

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Published by Warp Music \ Electric and Musical Industries
p and c 2001 Warp Records Limited
Made In England

Packaging: White tray jewel case with four page booklet.

As with some other Autechre releases on Warp, this album was assigned a catalogue number that was significantly ahead of the normal sequence (i.e. WARPCD127 and WARPCD129 weren't released until February and March 2005 respectively).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker): 5 021603 128125
  • Barcode (Printed): 5021603128125
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 to 3): WARPCD128 03 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 to 3, Etched In Inner Plastic Hub): MADE IN THE UK BY UNIVERSAL M&L
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 to 3): IFPI L135
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 042C
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 04E3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 04D9

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WARPCDD128 Autechre Confield(9xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warp Records WARPCDD128 Unknown
warpcd128 Autechre Confield(CD, Album) Warp Records warpcd128 US 2001 Sell This Version
warplp128 Autechre Confield(2xLP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Warp Records warplp128 UK 2001 Sell This Version
BRC-471 Autechre Confield(CD, Album, RE) Beat Records, Warp Records BRC-471 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
WARPCDD 128 Autechre Confield(9xFile, WAV, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD 128 UK 2001

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srcosmo

srcosmo

November 7, 2017

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.
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September 22, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
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.
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

June 9, 2016
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
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.
josiextrent

josiextrent

November 14, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
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
Cardia1

Cardia1

September 9, 2013
edited over 3 years ago

This is for one of my top 5 Albums by Autechre, "Confield" is a journey into the underdark world, "Bine" is a good example of a creepy music , i love all tracks, but "Uviol" is my favourite.
Ptah_Dasein

Ptah_Dasein

May 6, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
I don't know. For me, listening to this album now, ten years after I first heard it, it makes way more sense than it once did. Autechre albums are like cities, when you're right up against them they seem dense and impossibly obtuse. But when you get some distance and listen to many of the later releases, and are consequently "trained" by them, the albums come into greater focus. Granted, a number of songs remain infuriating, Lentic Catachresis being an obvious example, but I feel this is more to do with the album concept as a whole. I don't buy the whole bit where Booth, or was it Brown, claim they don't have an overarching concept for each album. Why would they order their songs the way they do then? Dael kicking off Tri-Repetae, for example, or Bladelores sitting at the very heart of their latest effort, Exai. Regardless, Confield is certainly a seminal, much unheralded, work of brilliance. You really can't gush enough over it. Ten years on, it may not be as cutting-edge as it used to be, yet it is still remarkable in the artistry of its sound design, precision and absolutely one of the most engaging works released by anyone working in any sort of musical genre today and, probably, for years to come. A stunning work capable of confounding the listener while simultaneously leaving them breathless.
camphorescent

camphorescent

December 27, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
This is Autechre's second masterpiece, alongside their earlier album, Amber. Compared to Amber, Confield feels dark, cold, and utterly alien. There is nothing particularly "pretty" about this record. While Amber had me daydreaming about psychedelic landscapes much akin to its album cover, Confield evokes images of desolate, machine-populated wastelands. Don't get me wrong, I would not call it a particularly depressing album. There is just something so alien about it that at times it is more unsettling than it is an album to relax to after work. I could definitely understand if some people do not like this record; it is not for everybody. I personally think Parheric Triangle is one of the greatest songs in Autechre's catalog, seeping more industrial elements than anything that could be pigeonholed under the "IDM" tagline.
Synesthesist

Synesthesist

October 15, 2012

One of the most divisive albums in the Autechre catalog. Shunned by lovers of the early Autechre albums for its harsh and difficult tracks like Pen Expers, Bina and Lentic Catachresis, there are also plenty of evocative though abstract melodic moments to be found. The opening VI Scose Poise for example, is one of my favorite tracks, with its weird little bouncing metallic sounds against a backdrop of soothing gong sounds. Parhelic Triangle lays a rusty groove on a tension building ambient carpet, and Eidetic Casein contrasts a rather straightforward main groove with borderline off-key melodic embellishments.
Most of the tracks make use of this type of contrast, which make the album rather interesting to my ear. But the main attraction as with any Autechre album is the strange sounds themselves, alienating and beautiful at the sametime, with their trademark crystal-clear production.
As other reviewers have noted this may not be the best album to start if you are new to the world of Autechre, but once you get into their sound, this one can bring you many hours of deep-listening joy.
Mr._Lin

Mr._Lin

August 19, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

In my opinion, this is Autechre's masterpiece. It seems many, or even most, of this duo's fans prefer the earlier music of Autechre, which was easier to swallow and incorporated recognizable melodies and beats. Confield is an aurally shocking piece comprising electronic sounds arranged in such a way as to be practically unrecognizable and unfamiliar when compared to music as it's widely conceived of, and understood, by humans. This makes it somewhat uncomfortable and disconcerting to listen to until one adjusts one's self to the alien sounds, absence of rhythms, and seemingly aimless progression of the album.

Putting the experience of Confield into words is very difficult beyond that. I encourage anyone with the slightest interest in experimental music, ambient and minimal music, avant-garde, and electronic music, to give this album a try with an open mind. I think it's one of the most important electronic/experimental albums of the early 21st century.