Autechre ‎– elseq 1–5

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elseq 1
feed1 11:37
c16 deep tread 12:31
13x0 step 8:57
pendulu hv moda 12:15
curvcaten 6:59
elseq 2
elyc6 0nset 27:09
chimer 1-5-1 5:03
c7b2 13:22
elseq 3
eastre 22:15
TBM2 6:44
mesh cinereaL 24:28
elseq 4
acdwn2 11:52
foldfree casual 9:49
latentcall 14:31
artov chain 4:04
7th slip 6:36
elseq 5
pendulu casual 9:01
spTh 8:21
spaces how V 9:57
freulaeux 11:06
oneum 11:01

Versions (3)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WARP512 Autechre elseq 1–5(21xFile, WAV, 24b) Warp Records WARP512 UK 2016
WARP512 Autechre elseq 1–5(21xFile, MP3, 320) Warp Records WARP512 UK 2016
WARP512 Autechre elseq 1–5(21xFile, WAV, 16b) Warp Records WARP512 UK 2016

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Opiadic

Opiadic

November 25, 2018
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, WAV, 24b, WARP512
latentcall is blowing my mind today. everytime I play elseq a different track clicks with me
rebelliousjukebox

rebelliousjukebox

September 28, 2018
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, WAV, 24b, WARP512
MY LIFE IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT THIS RELEASE ON VINYL

SEAN PLS
andrewdg

andrewdg

March 25, 2018
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, WAV, 24b, WARP512
Very impressed with this release, which to my ears continues a trajectory we've seen from Autechre over the past decade. Given the luxury of time and space, the duo treat us to a series of intricate and beautiful sonic landscapes that reward active and repeated listening, but can also be enjoyed in the background. (I've fallen asleep to this on a long plane flight, which led to some lovely dreams!)

You can hear shades of much of Autechre's past work over the course of the four installments; a real treat for the fans, while still being something very new and cutting edge.

I recommend buying the FLAC or WAV versions. There is a lot of subtle detail here that should not be missed.
orblio

orblio

March 2, 2018
edited 9 months ago
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, WAV, 24b, WARP512
A truckload of sketches that go nowhere and overstay their welcome without exception. Hopefully they come up with something worthwhile again, after they cleared this junk out of their system.
djtw

djtw

January 25, 2018
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, WAV, 24b, WARP512
I'm not qualified to say what is or isn't a masterpiece but they really are getting a lot out of that if/else sequencer.
lajoula

lajoula

December 25, 2017
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, WAV, 24b, WARP512
I always going to admire that attitude of keep making things, despite of the good or the bad critics.

freakandelle

freakandelle

July 26, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, WAV, 24b, WARP512
To me it somehow makes perfect sense NOT to release this on physical formats. These are (alien?) sounds from the distant future. There won't be any vinyl, CD, cassette, MiniDisc or DAT in the year 3.984.
hafler3o

hafler3o

May 16, 2017
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, MP3, 320, WARP512

I'm not going to properly review the album (5 albums?) as there are so many wonderfully expressive words here, and elsewhere, on the music as a whole. Giant convoluting ambient squidgefest, supercomputer with voided warranty issues, seething sea of sonic sea-urchins... my only complaint would be (over its four hours plus running time) there is no room for proper ambient tracks of the quality that bookend 'Quaristice'. I'm not sure any Ae fan rates those highly but I love 'em... Still nothing and no-one comes near the inventive spirit of Autechre.
srcosmo

srcosmo

November 29, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing elseq 1–5, 21xFile, WAV, 24b, WARP512
So, just a few days after I scribbled out some thoughts on Autechre's previous record Exai, calling it "one unfriendly beast", the duo drop a release that's even beastlier and less friendly. That'll teach me.

One theory going around is that "elseq" stands for "edited live sequences", as many tracks on this release are basically longer versions of live material played during a 2015 tour. And indeed, if you hunt through last year's AE_LIVE series, you can hear mutated hunks of many bits from elseq.

Like those live recordings, elseq is a digital-only release, which has clearly put off some people. But we've gotten something new in return, as the absence of physical limitations lets the music expand and flesh out ideas that would've been omitted from a CD or LP. The most extreme examples appear on volumes 2 and 3, where we're treated to several 22-minute-plus behemoths.

While I appreciate having that extra room for the standout tracks (and there are many), the longest pieces on elseq test my patience and tend to get skipped. "eastre" is an ominous ambient drone experiment that doesn't really go anywhere; "mesh cinereaL" spends 16 minutes dicking around before finally getting interesting. And "elyc6 0nset" should satisfy anyone wanting to see Autechre go off the deep end completely, as it wobbles off into amelodic bleeps and squelches halfway through its 27 minutes (!) and stays there.

Among the shorter tracks there's lots to enjoy, like "feed1", a sort of palate cleanser before the album proper. It sounds carved out of restless noise — like "Gantz Graf" but less grating — and forms a bubbling groove that clicks for me. "pendulu hv moda" begins bright and cheery before morphing into a nasty, lithe swagger over a fractured hiphop beat. "latentcall" feels like it's continually pushing forward with a spacious reverb sound recalling Exai's best moments. "freulaeux" is a little island of normalcy with a pulsing, cavernous 4/4 Berlin feel, like hearing Basic Channel played in a huge underground warehouse. It features a sort of swelling, constantly-shifting reverb effect that's pretty neat, although unkind to my speakers.

Overall elseq is even more sprawling, ambitious, and extreme than Exai. And that exemplifies what I like about Autechre: their willingness to experiment, to reinvent, to take their music places that are novel, alien and out of our normal comfort zone. This can lead to tedious and frustrating moments (and lord knows, elseq has those)… but I think it's also why Autechre can still produce fresh, creative, somehow futuristic music while many of the contemporaries they've been compared to over the years have retired or confined themselves to one particular style.

If you're wondering how to approach this release, I'd say focus on parts 1, 4, and 5 first.