Autechre ‎– LP5

Warp Records ‎– warpcd66
CD, Album


1 Acroyear2 8:39
2 777 5:49
3 Rae 7:13
4 Melve 1:14
5 Vose In 5:21
6 Fold4,Wrap5 3:58
7 Under BOAC 6:22
8 Corc 5:50
9 Caliper Remote 1:40
10 Arch Carrier 6:49
11.1 Drane2 9:38
11.2 (silence) 12:04
11.3 Untitled 1:37

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p + c 1998 Warp Records Ltd. Published by Warp Music \ Electric Music Industries.
Made in England.

'LP5' is a conventional name. This album is untitled or self-titled.
Track 11 'Drane2' is different from the vinyl version of the release. It contains 12 minutes of silence and an extra piece of music (starting at 21:42). Total length of track 11 is 23:19.
The CD comes in a completely grey-black frosted jewel case, with 'autechre' (and an extremely faint Compact Disc logo) debossed on the front and 'ae' on the back. A cover sticker carries the barcode / credits and a stiff card insert carries the tracklisting.

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  • Label Code: LC 2070

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
rtd126.3461.2, warpcd66 Autechre LP5(CD, Album) Rough Trade, Warp Records rtd126.3461.2, warpcd66 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
INTD-90258 Autechre LP5(CD, Album) Nothing Records INTD-90258 US 1998 Sell This Version
WARPCD66P Autechre LP5(CD, Album, Promo) Warp Records WARPCD66P UK 1998 Sell This Version
WARPCDD66 Autechre LP5(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warp Records WARPCDD66 Unknown
INTD-90258 Autechre LP5(CD, Album, Promo) Nothing Records INTD-90258 US 1998 Sell This Version


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November 25, 2016
I bought this on vinyl when it came out, its the only Autechre record I own and i just played it for the first time in years after seeing them live in Bristol last night. This is a really great record. Rae and the last two tracks especially are gorgeously emotive and stylistically unhampered by genre limits. As a hardware producer myself, its staggering that they programmed this shit at the very dawn of computer audio and software manipulation. Like Photek and Foul Play, this is B-boy music pushed to the limits of technical dexterity and beyond.

This and the Bola LP bookended the 90s intelligent/IDM movement in the UK for me. Autechre's sound now is way wilder, more rhythmical and improvisational, approaching free jazz levels of spontanaety and creative fearlessness. Last night's show was sick. Ironically, given the journalistic cliches they have always attracted, there's far more genuine human feel and risk in their music than in the average chart pop record that's been pro tooled to death.

I cleave more to the Detroit and Den Haag branches of the electro tree which is why I don't own more Autechre, but if you're coming to this in 2016 wanting to get yourself a dozen or so essential 90s albums from UK techno (because fuck IDM, frankly, all this music is techno) - give this one a careful listen and i think you'll be adding it to your list.

Autechre ... huge respect to you both for the path you've forged in this music. I may not be your #1 fan but I'm fucking glad you're out there representing and doing what you do. Long may it continue!


January 9, 2016
Is It Washable?


September 6, 2015
After all these years... LP5 is still my fave Ae album. (Incunabula is 2nd) They definitely reached heights and achievements before this one, and after... but this album just has a special kind of magic that rarely occurs in an artist's career. Mechanical, yet emotive. A perfect harmony.


August 19, 2015
Listened to this again tonight. This album is still tight, amazing! Fragments of motor-city here, a glimpse of IDM (sic) there, but really sounding more like Autechre than anything else. Given what was to come this is a very melodic album, and although not as accessible as the pre-chiastic slide era will probably give more as time goes on. If you can't afford the vinyl (I can't), the CD is fine. In fact, I reckon CD is how this album is supposed to be heard. Peace out.


September 9, 2013

One of the less interesting Autechre albums for me, lacks coherence and dynamic, still its a enjoyable release, my favourite tracks are "Corc", "Caliper Remote","Arch Carrier" and "Drane2" wich is my top track of this Album. the jewel case is sadly ugly.


July 27, 2013
i've just listened this album for the first time, and, i must say, i'm out of words. it's genius. i mean it.


March 26, 2011
LP5 is still an approachable album for IDM fans, and while it doesn't sound a thing like Aphex Twin, it still falls in that category of music. There is a lot of creativity, identifiable rhythm and melodies but it also contains segments of very beat/sample laden music. The song structure is more conventional with things like climaxes and introductions.


October 5, 2010

This is the last good Autechre album. I bought this right when it came out when Autechre was brand new to me. At the time, LP5 was in that perfect spot of being just beyond what I liked, sort of like when you've almost acquired the taste for a new food. You don't precisely "enjoy" it yet, but you know that you eventually will.

Anyway. This album deftly straddles the line separating experimental and enjoyable. Looking back a dozen years later, you might expect to find dated sounds, but no, that is not the case. This was truly groundbreaking for Ae. I believe that the wildness and absurdity they would pursue over the next decade is foreshadowed here, but it is solidly grounded in enough accessibility and melody to make it a worthwhile listen.

Someone once said LP5 is a story concerning the fall, rise, and second fall of an alien empire. "acroyear2" is a busy, panicky track. It represents the first fall of the empire as a result of a violent invasion. "777" sees the empire assessing the damage. Next, witness the cold, stark beauty of "rae" when it switches from a driving, forceful track to the slower, grinding tempo at about 3:10. Absolutely magnificent. The alien empire has fallen into its deepest rut yet. Confusion takes hold under the brief, infant-like "melve." The reality of destruction and a long recovery are realized with the downtrodden but propulsive "vose in," a track which self-destructs.

But "fold4,wrap5" represents the fascinating signs of an off-kilter recovery. The mood lightens, but only in fits and starts. Hardware acquisition and construction continue in the oddly-named "under BOAC." Finally the empire sees a light at the end of the tunnel. (Admittedly a very long tunnel as this track is rather uninspired.)

At last we come to "corc," my favourite track here. The recovery is complete and the empire basking in the warm glow of their home star. Now, a well-deserved rest. "corc" boasts a unique, loping rhythm and bright, sunny melody. I dare say that this is possibly amongst my top ten favourite IDM tracks. I love the stereo separation in the drums around 3:30. The track beautifully winds down. The empire does a bit of mining and base fortification on "caliper remote," but something is happening. The sky is changing; I'm worried. Danger lurks on the horizon -- is all glory truly fleeting?

Oh shit, here they come again! It's all-out war as the "arch carrier" units storm the empire's base. This track is yet another gem. Similar in atmosphere to the opening track, it's a bit more laid-back in rhythm but the mood is just as foreboding and desperate. Dig the neat little turn of melody at 4:03. Superb. The assault continues for a while and ultimately we're left with the bleak "drane2," which documents in epic form the smoldering ruins of a once-great society. This time I think it's for good. The melody plays an alien version of "taps" while the skittering, twitching rhythm tells of the empire's sad end.

All in all, it's a very good album. (I don't know if it's great, because there are some lower-interest sections.) EP7 came next, which to me sort of sounded like outtakes for LP5. It also has some very good moments, although it doesn't seem to tell as much of a story. Again, this album really stands as the dividing line between inspired Autechre and the geek-off academic drivel that followed. It is a very important IDM album in that regard.


April 9, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
LP5 is basically, to me, an Autechre Pop Album. Autechre display commercial sensibility on this release by their choice of song structures. I think that LP5 is home to some of the best production these guys have done, and also some finer melody work. Although i prefer Autechre in some other modes (Envane, Untilted, Amber), LP5 is definitely the one that converted me. Great starting place for beginners


June 23, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
I believe at this point in Autechre's career they were having trouble deciding where they wanted to go with their music. Would they continue to go on with the noisey, machine beats.. or would they go back to their roots and make more ambient driven music. Well obviously they chose the macchine beats later one, but this album strikes me as confusion with them. They seemed to work with what they did on Chiastic Slide, but at the same time, there was no advancement in the madness (which becomes more and more complex with each album after this).

This album should be known as their fork in the road with one sign saying "ambient" and the other one saying "noise"