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.
This is the album (specifically Arch Carrier) that made me ask at the shop counter what they were playing...other highlights for me are the random funk of 777, the degenerative ending of Vose In, the melancholy of Corc and so on...this album still takes me away
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!
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.
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.
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.