Autechre ‎– Oversteps

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Released on vinyl, CD and a variety of file formats including a lossless 24bit WAV via bleep.com.

A bonus track "Xektses sql" is available on the Japanese CD and as an AAC file from the Japanese iTunes store.

Tracklist

r ess 5:12
ilanders 5:32
known(1) 4:43
pt2ph8 4:10
qplay 4:39
see on see 4:37
Treale 6:05
os veix3 4:38
O=0 4:53
d-sho qub 6:26
st epreo 4:08
redfall 3:49
krYlon 6:09
Yuop 6:22

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WARPCD210 Autechre Oversteps(CD, Album) Warp Records WARPCD210 UK 2010 Sell This Version
WARPCD210P Autechre Oversteps (CD, Promo) Warp Records WARPCD210P UK 2010 Sell This Version
WARPCDD210 Autechre Oversteps(14xFile, FLAC, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD210 UK 2010
WARPCDD210 Autechre Oversteps(14xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warp Records WARPCDD210 UK 2010
WARP210, WARPCDD210 Autechre Oversteps(14xFile, WAV, Album, 16-) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP210, WARPCDD210 UK 2010
WARP210, WARPCDD210 Autechre Oversteps(14xFile, WAV, Album, 24-) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP210, WARPCDD210 UK 2010
none Autechre Oversteps(15xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Warp Records none Japan 2010
WARPLP210 Autechre Oversteps(2xLP, Album + Box) Warp Records WARPLP210 UK 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-252 Autechre Oversteps(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-252 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-252, WARPCD210 Autechre Oversteps(CD, Album, RP) Beat Records, Warp Records BRC-252, WARPCD210 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
WARPCD210 Autechre Oversteps(CD, Album, Unofficial) Warp Records (2) WARPCD210 Unknown Sell This Version

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Globe199

Globe199

August 5, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210

Revisited this one and Move of Ten after not hearing them since they came out. This one is not as good as Move of Ten. The rhythms are not as engaging. Melodically it's kind of a downer of a record. It's reminiscent of Chiastic Slide in that regard; by the time I've reached the last couple tracks I can't take any more of it.
Cardia1

Cardia1

September 6, 2013
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210

This is my third Favorite album By Autechre, the musics evoke always wide spaces, with vast landscapes and the constant presence of the sunlight even if "st Epreo" or "redfall" evoke more moonlight , also some of the tracks will toss the listener into mysterious places and there´s also a lot of action (and that´s up to your imagination). My favorite musics are :"Ress", "Known(1)", "See on See","Youp" and "Os Veix3" wich is for me the best music of this Album and one of the best musics from all Autechre productions.
daftcombo

daftcombo

March 2, 2013
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210

This album is much more enjoyable and listener-friendly than Untilted and Quaristice (for different reasons though), but not as creative as EP7 or Confield. For me, the best track here is clearly "Treale", which has a superb beat, dark atmosphere and inspiring melodies. Another Autechre masterpiece! Most melodies on other tracks are a bit too "evident", which is striking for Autechre ("see on see" and "O=0" are good examples). There's also a lack of beats, in my opinion, which is what I like the most in electronic music. The last song of the album has nice sounds and remains in the mind after listening, like some Gescom material (Key Nell 1 and 4...).
So, a good album but not the best of Ae.
Yage_2097

Yage_2097

May 17, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210

In 2009 I was truly horified by one of the worst news: The Designers Republic, the legendary group of designers whose work for me personally is the best thing that could happen for the contemporary art since Kasmimir Malevich's discovery of Suprematism, are broke. The global economic crisis made it all possible. That was surely the final nail in the coffin of a once great label called WARP, which has literally killed itself more or less with a more poppy music fixation since about 2004. This decline was crowned by questionable decisions, eg the limited (to 100 pieces) version of Autechres previous album Quaristice. Within 12 hours it was sold out (price around 30 pounds). The rest of the fans stood dumb by having the wonderful option to buy either the stripped-down standard version of the album or the special edition (packaging made of steel) from clever traders who bought up more pieces of the special edition to offer them for horenden prices (300, 400 or even 1,000 pounds). The question is, what has even persuaded Autechre to participate in this regard (easy money??). However, one should forget the past and sometimes forgive. The year 2010 seems to be full of surprises.
The best news right away: The Designers Republic is back. Thank God! Yes! This time with an artwork that looks like a variation of the artwork of AFX´s Hangable Auto Bulb compilation. The second good news: no more LIMITED SPECIAL EDITIONS. Great! Ok, but will this black hole painted on the cover swallow ourselfs with its music? Yes, definitely. With Oversteps, Sean and Rob released one of their most melodic albums since ... hmmm, Tri-Repetae? Fans of Autechre already struggled to describe the sound of Autechres past albums, because the group always tried to move the boundaries of innovation in modern electronic music.
Let's try to descibe Oversteps:
Oversteps is like (Terminator 2 fans take note) a "mimetic poly-alloy", music like liquid metal. Take the concept of "Eutow" (intricate, catchy melodies, simple beat), mix it with the Autechres latest music detours (Untitled, Quaristice) and the atmosphere of Confield. But don`t be misled the title of the album: Oversteps has nothing to do with the latest UK music style called "Dubstep". As always Autechre create their own sound far away from common music structures. Many beats on Oversteps sound simple melody jumps. They are organic, but on the other hand also artificial. "known (1)" for example sounds like an artificial clarinet session. Then "Ilander" boasts with "evil" melodies and beats. If you take a close listen to "O = 0" you might think to hear a tuba and between "d-sho qub" and "st epreo" a human chorus seems to sneak in. Tracks such as "r ess" or "pt2ph8" then again invite for a simple chill. Unlike Quaristice, the beatless ambient tracks (of which "Oversteps" consists for the most part) are no longer simple sounds and minimal soundscapes (in the vein of Pan (a) Sonic), but of beautiful sloping melodies which take the listener on a journey into future worlds. Influences of some of Autechre's favorite bands, like Coil and Throbbing Gristle are quite noticeable, but Sean and Rob still stay true to their distinctive indescribable trademark sound.
If they could only "step over" to such labels like Rephlex, Skam or Planet Mu which did not sell out....
joseph.9371

joseph.9371

July 10, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210
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mishou

mishou

April 12, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210

I don't like the album at all. After Confield Autechre lost their souls completely..
scories

scories

March 24, 2011
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210
Soul is back in IDM. I really love Confield, but Oversteps and Move of Ten are so full of life...
Jazzual

Jazzual

December 28, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210

On the pre-release for this album almost all of the discussion about Oversteps was positive. Something that is pretty rare for a band that has always divided opinion. The comments suggested that they had produced a more accessible album, more melodic and ambient orientated, with a move from the harsh dymamics of albums in recent years. This is all true but were the results worth the hype?

There is no doubt that Oversteps represents a break from more recent material. The most notable changes are an increasing emphasis on higher frequencies, an more use of fizz and static to create atmosphere and frequent use of almost Gamelan-like chimes to provide the melodic backgound.

The opening track Ress builds from silence with the introduction of ominous synths, buzzing electronics and stuttering percussion. Quite a dark start. Things go downhill on Known(1) where the high pitched strings and plinky keys make for a really unpleasant listen. I would far rather listen to tracks on previous albums which deliver sheer force and intensity where the thrills make up for the often ugly nature of the music. Known(1) is just ugly.

See on See on the other hand is a stunning piece of music. Quite unlike anything they have ever produced. Proof that Autechre can make beautiful music. The sparkling, chiming atmospherics and warm melodic hooks represent a new avenue for future releases. The next track Treale maintains a similar vibe but toughens things up with a punchy baseline and robotic melodies.

Elsewhere through there is too much filler on this release. Tracks come and go without grabbing the attention and there is a suprising lack of ideas on show compared with the previous album Quaristice which delivered mind boggling diversity across 20 tracks.

I saw Autechre live around the time of this release and they blew me away with their densely complex, cranium crushing assult. The follow up album Move of Ten however failed to deliver anywhere near as much of that intensity so I'm really hoping they get around to releasing a live album.

Rob and Sean acheived legendary status years ago and remain serious players but for me at least 2010 was not the best for their recorded output.

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dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210
it took almost twenty years for autechre to make an attempt to break out of the experimental techno scene. the statement here is clear - we want to be treated as contemporary composers. is that justified? the answer is dripping in irony, for their mid to late 90s output is justification enough. nonetheless, i've enjoyed this record considerably more than i've enjoyed the last few.

it's difficult to know what to make of the third track; it would be preposterous to suggest that booth/brown are unfamiliar with horse rotorvator, and equally preposterous to suggest that their fan base is as well, so the fact that it is more or less a direct rip on "the first five minutes after death" is a little bit hard to parse. is it meant as a cover? a tribute? why not label it as such? as it is, it's a rather brazen statement of something, but i'm not sure what that statement is.

despite the coil rip, the major influence here must be richard d. james and his very early work at that. the record is not void of beats, but long passages of it are. the segments that do have beats treat the percussion in parallel with the melodies in a rather tight manner, playfully interjecting them as a part of the composition and not as a means of structure. the end result is describable as nothing more or less than electronic jazz, complete with digital analogues to rolls, fills and brush work.

the centrepiece of the record, however, is the analog and digital sequencer parts, which are more heavily reverberated than anything i've ever heard them produce. they're also more written than anything i've heard them produce. autechre's general style dominates, but i'm also hearing, for the first time, influences from such sources as ravel, budd and satie - and possibly thirlwell as inspiration.

autechre always stood out as being difficult and unmarketable, impossible for most people to listen to, let alone enjoy. this is their first record geared towards a general audience, and while the changes in sound are significant, they pull the shift off admirably. i'm going to explain this by a heightened level of maturity, which the young may frown upon but the old recognize as inevitable; if you're looking for blistering and bizarre electronic noise to dance to, this is certainly not it but if you're looking for a set of electronic compositions that exist roughly within the contemporary sphere of both production and composition techniques then you may find something of value within this.

i wasn't sure what to make of quaristice; i had downloaded and deleted it, not at all impressed by it's apparent aimlessness. however, oversteps positions quaristice as a transitional record, one where they were simultaneously going over old ground and moving towards this record. sometimes, context improves a record; i'll have to give it another shot. this record appears to be the first one after the transition, and i can't stress enough how profound the transition really is.

i'd like to hear them run with this. it's a good first try at something completely different but, like most first tries, it could perhaps be improved with a little bit more time and experience. i, for one, must admit to being rather excited about their future plans because if they keep walking down this path the end result could very well be something incredibly profound.
TIM

TIM

May 12, 2010
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Oversteps, CD, Album, WARPCD210

once again autechre captivate their audience. Looking at their post 20th century releases, confield i understood although can never fully listen and feel i grasp any real fondness to the album. when draft came out i appreciated the direction. untitled release felt like a live album and not a studio album. quartice hinted at potential. well they have pleasently come full circle and i am pleased to have this album. no doubt i will always buy their albums but the last 3 albums this is what i was waiting for. perhaps what long time fans have been waiting for. experimenting in beats might be futuristic. experimenting in melodies might be boring to some. but lets face it. we want to listen to music. beats have and always will loose their attraction with more listens. melodies always gain favor after time. i have no doubt this album will grow on any listener as to the Untitled will stale after time. Oversteps is a fantastic tradition. Now what if they can do both though? beats and melodies? like on amber or tri-repeate?! for now i am liking this downtempo autechre-ness. reminds me of more bola style...
nice to see autechre making it happen once again