Autechre ‎– SIGN

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On October 8th 2020 at 9 PM BST the band live streamed 'SIGN' via https://autechre.warp.net. The album was available for download after the broadcast.

Tracklist

M4 Lema 8:49
F7 5:56
si00 5:51
esc desc 4:55
au14 5:03
Metaz form8 6:00
sch.mefd 2 5:25
gr4 3:21
th red a 6:35
psin AM 6:20
r cazt 7:12

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WARPCDD329 Autechre SIGN(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warp Records WARPCDD329 UK 2020
WARPCDD329 Autechre SIGN(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD329 UK 2020
WARPCDD329 Autechre SIGN(11xFile, WAV, Album, 24 ) Warp Records WARPCDD329 UK 2020
warp lp 329 Autechre SIGN(2xLP, Album) Warp Records warp lp 329 UK 2020 Sell This Version
warp cd 329, Warp cd 329 Autechre SIGN(CD, Album) Warp Records, Warp Records warp cd 329, Warp cd 329 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
BRC-656 Autechre SIGN(CD, Album) Beat Records, Warp Records BRC-656 Japan 2020 Sell This Version

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kraff

kraff

November 2, 2020
referencing SIGN, 2xLP, Album, warp lp 329

back to the roots from industrial-noise era. time for "Plus" soon.
oo00_

oo00_

October 29, 2020
referencing SIGN, 2xLP, Album, warp lp 329
playback simultaneously with PLUS

thats the key
(four more words sean please)
jns.kln

jns.kln

October 23, 2020
referencing SIGN, 2xLP, Album, warp lp 329

loving it. Artwork on the pysical copy is fire! much more vibrant than the pictures.
fallzzz

fallzzz

October 22, 2020
referencing SIGN, 2xLP, Album, warp lp 329

sheer beauty - nostalgic / warm / gentle in the main - just perfect
Pickwick-1

Pickwick-1

October 20, 2020
referencing SIGN, CD, Album, warp cd 329, Warp cd 329

SIGN is truly magnificent. Whereas the previous 'NTS Sessions' box set was very forward looking and progressive, SIGN very much references the past. The music itself sounds (to my mind) very much like 'Oversteps' from 2010, whilst the cover art uses the very same geometric shape that was employed on the posters and merch of Autechre's 2016 European tour. However, whereas the 2016 tour artwork saw 2 copies of the geometric shape mirrored against each other, the cover art for SIGN sees several copies of the same shape eclipsing each other. This would suggest to me, a shortness of time, a small and very special moment when an eclipse occurs. This would perhaps underline the album's concise shortness in comparison to Autechre's previous few releases.
I remember when The Clash released their mammoth triple LP 'Sandinista!' in 1980 and how disappointing their next album 'Combat Rock', a bare single LP, seemed by comparison. I was almost expecting the same disappointment with a single CD from Autechre after it's mammoth-sized predecessor, but amazingly, I find a single CD from Autechre very concise, very well tracked (as a regular pop or rock album would be) and very easy to consume. 'NTS' may have pushed expectations to new levels, but Autechre have followed it up with a micro-sized triumph. An eclipse indeed!
GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

October 19, 2020
edited about 1 month ago
referencing SIGN, 2xLP, Album, warp lp 329

Just goes to show how fickle Autechre fans are. I actually like the cover art -- it appears that it's been at least a dozen years (Quaristice) since there was any colour at all on an Autechre release. Yes, I guess it's less characteristic of their work, and possibly a little cliche, but at least it's something different. Someone spent more than 60 seconds on it anyway, which is kinda more than you can say about NTS, elseq, etc. We'll just leave it at that.

The music is different too. There's more "melody," although with that, you get a level of dread and despair is nearly inescapable. In that regard, it harks back back to the impending doom of LP5. It reflects these times almost too much (though I know it was recorded pre-pandemic). At any rate, I think it's the best thing they've done in ten years or more. Not something I'll listen to frequently, of course, but it's something new.
hyperpowered23

hyperpowered23

October 19, 2020
edited about 1 month ago
referencing SIGN, 11xFile, MP3, Album, 320, WARPCDD329

this album is literally just an NTS sessions bonus disc. MEH.
CtheB

CtheB

October 19, 2020
referencing SIGN, 11xFile, MP3, Album, 320, WARPCDD329
This, the latest in the garrulous series of abysmal Designers['] Republic covers for Autechre, finds them rebranding Booth and Brown in 2020 as an Orbital tribute act in 2012: Wonky. Cute.
calipheron

calipheron

October 17, 2020
referencing SIGN, 11xFile, MP3, Album, 320, WARPCDD329
They made music again. I'm shocked.
Seriously. Melodies, succinct, short tracks (for ae standards), those tasty warm alienbient Oversteps style spaces again, some not over the top glitchy drums, it's like B&B decided to calm their modular shit down a bit and make a coherent album again.
It's still highly experimental stuff, but the blippy drippy melodies on si00 are dreamy. The tiny arps in au14 are actually some of the most playful musical elements I've heard on an ae album in just about ever. The centrepiece is probably sch.mefd 2 with its kinda broken (in a cool way) electro beat over some pulsating squarey synths and roiling lower bass. psin AM is another one of those surprising ae 4/4 tunes with a very subtle beat below some big pads and fm squizzzery, though I wish it developed into something a little ... more?
There are maybe one too many hazy dazy ambient tracks e.g. r cazt, Metaz form8, gr4 BUT I would much rather take these over their last 10 years of output as they are at least pleasant. Take gr4, it's like hovering over a bubbling extra terrestrial liquid river on a far off planet, surveying and scanning. It's evocative without taking ten fecking minutes to actually GO anywhere because it makes its point and ends when it should.
Look, the last 10 years of ae have been a mess as far as I'm concerned. Oversteps and Move Of Ten found them making coherent and interesting melodic musical statements again. Since then it's been too much experimental wankery and far, far too long tracks.
I feel that them putting out just another hour long album on a CD might be "boring" or unexciting for those that masturbated to every second of those bloody too long NTS sessions, but Sign is so much more coherent, says what it wants to say and ends with a satisfying length. And this is Autechre as they should be.