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AutechreConfield

Label:Warp Records – warpcd128
Format:
CD, Album, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Abstract, IDM, Experimental

Tracklist

1VI Scose Poise6:56
2Cfern6:41
3Pen Expers7:08
4Sim Gishel7:14
5Parhelic Triangle6:03
6Bine4:41
7Eidetic Casein6:12
8Uviol8:35
9Lentic Catachresis8:30
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Published by Warp Music \ Electric and Musical Industries
p and c 2001 Warp Records Limited
Made In England

Packaging: Clear tray jewel case with four page booklet.

As with some other Autechre releases on Warp, this album was assigned a catalogue number that was significantly ahead of the normal sequence (i.e. WARPCD127 and WARPCD129 weren't released until February and March 2005 respectively).

Some copies came with miniature postcards with a sheet of stickers on the front that say 'autechre' in the Confield font.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker): 5 021603 128125
  • Barcode (Printed): 5021603128125
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 to 3): WARPCD128 03 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 to 3, Etched In Inner Plastic Hub): MADE IN THE UK BY UNIVERSAL M&L
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 to 3): IFPI L135
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 042C
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 04E3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 04D9

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Confield (2×LP, Album)Warp Recordswarplp128UK2001
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Confield (CD, Album)Beat Records, Warp Records, Beat Records, Warp RecordsBRC-34, BRC34Japan2001
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Confield (CD, Album)Source, Warp Records7243 8 10291 2 1Europe2001
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Confield (CD, Album)Warp Records, Zombawarpcd128, rtd 126.3686.2Germany2001
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Confield (CD, Album)Warp Recordswarpcd128US2001
plaidzebra's avatar
plaidzebra
Just read a review from a guy who got a vinyl copy of Confield that was pressed off center. "You can't even tell because the music is so disjointed," he said. This was to him a good thing. But that fact is extremely telling. I suspect that if you scrambled up Confield like an egg, it would still sound mostly the same and the Ae fanboys would be gushing over it.

Confield is Autechre's Metal Machine Music, except Metal Machine Music was actually good.

True, Confield does have its meager merits, even if I think it documented the point where Sean and Rob disappeared up their own asses.

Love it or hate it, it's a slog and rewards less and less with repeated listens. I would rather hear "Chiastic Slide" by a wide margin. I haven't sold Confield, but I can't remember the last time I listened to it. If I listen again, it will be to remind myself of why I don't listen to it.
PsychicDriver's avatar
PsychicDriver
I have to say, listening now to the copy I bought in 2001, it sounds very very good to my 2020 ears. Future-proof electro!
tailings's avatar
tailings
Can anyone confirm they have a 'White tray jewel case' as described in the notes above? My copy has a clear, transparent jewel case tray, not white, allowing the artwork underneath to be visible. I suspect they're all like that and the notes are just poorly written.
Mau5Kids's avatar
Mau5Kids
Edited 4 years ago
Un excelente álbum y uno de los mas interesantes que he escuchado en mi vida. Lamentablemente este álbum algunos de sus fanáticos fueron alejados o mas bien, no fueron contentos con este álbum, solo porque no hay melodías ambientales y cálidas. Pero las cosas no siempre tienen que ser las mismas, hay que cambiar y evolucionar el estilo.

Sus canciones en este álbum me parecen muy buenas e creativas. Su toque oscuro, loco y complejo, es lo que lo hace especial este álbum. Mis canciones favoritas son: "Eidetic Casein", "VI Scose Poise" , "Pen Express" y "Lentic Catachresis"

5/5
srcosmo's avatar
srcosmo
The mid-1990s saw Autechre embark on a pilgrimage away from the ambient techno of their debut. By the turn of the century, they'd covered some pretty strange territory, like the whirring, complex LP5 and arid ep7. But none of that could've prepared listeners for 2001's Confield. Fans hoping for a return to more familiar sounds must've figured that the duo had finally gone off the deep end.

And at first glance, it's hard to blame them. Confield is alien: every detail seems off-kilter and unfamiliar. Bass and percussion co-mingle. Melodic accents drift in, stuttering, then vanish. Tempo is kept by insectoid munching noises. The instrumental timbres are unearthly. It better resembles a snooty musique concrète experiment than the rest of the Warp catalog.

And yet the result is… actually good. The gentle opener "VI Scose Poise" conjures up images of a spinning top in some antiseptic surgical suite. "Cfern" breaks into an unexpected swing, and might've been called jazz if the rhythm and marimba parts weren't played by a computer running Max/MSP patches or whatever. "Sim Geshel" takes a darker turn, propelled along by relentless martial clicks.

The album peaks with "Parhelic Triangle", a great example of everything gone wrong and right at the same time. "Parhelic" is like a bizarro world dance track. It has all the normal components, but they're just… off. There's a part that's almost a breakbeat, but it's mangled and out of step, looping irregularly against a triad of hollow bells lurking in the background. There are chord progressions but they're dreary and cold. It even has the frail, halting ghost of a snare rush. The overall effect is beyond disconcerting. It falls into uncanny-valley territory, like listening to club music written by a sentient ant colony.

"Bine", the album's only real flop, shows just how fine a line the producers have walked between regularity and chaos. It's less structured than the other tracks and suffers for it, never resolving into an interesting whole.

Fortunately it's followed by more good stuff. "Eidetic Casein" locks into a downtempo groove built around detuned gamelan-like sounds. "Uivol" begins as a tranquil ambient piece, but ominous disturbances appear on the horizon. Finally "Lentic Catachresis" shakes apart Confield's already fractured structure until nothing is left.

One thing I enjoy about this album is how little compromise you'll find. There's an inner logic that reveals itself with careful listening, but Confield doesn't extend any special effort to draw you in. It's an artistic statement that you can take or leave as it stands.

As you might expect from something so odd, it has aged very little. While the mastering does seem a bit thin for contemporary ears, the music still sounds almost as foreign as it did way back in April 2001. In fact, even Autechre themselves retreated from this direction somewhat: they have never returned to Confield's austere formalism, and their subsequent records don't have quite the same tone or feel.

So, Confield is unique. It's worth approaching on its own terms. I recommended it to daring listeners, and especially anyone who finds electronic music boring or predictable. If this album doesn't surprise you, nothing will.
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Edited 5 years ago
Confield is an album of mind-crushing brilliance... one that requires your full attention. It's definitely a worthy successor to LP5 and all.

People talk of this album being soulless... like the albums before weren't already soulless. I'd say they're all alike. There are deep melodies to be found here, very abstract... but soul??

If I want soul I'll listen to Otis-fucking-Redding.
AskeladdenBlack's avatar
Yer not my favourite thats for sure, all technique not much soul.
More for chin stoking than enjoyment. *just my opinion.
obionekenjobi's avatar
obionekenjobi
I loved Autechres first 5 album's but this is dog shit, all I can here is a load of racket. All the reviews below must of got a totally different cd in there's that was great. It's the only Autechre Cd I have ever got rid of.
josiextrent's avatar
josiextrent
Edited 8 years ago
oh my fucking god. it's undescribable. like shooting ketamine in your vein while beign abducted by intangible alien examination machine. best autechre's album. i can not imagine how ANY electronic music artist could top what sean and rob done here. the only thought that this music is made by humans makes me wonder: how the fuck is that possible? masterpiece
Cardia1's avatar
Cardia1
Edited 8 years ago
This is for one of my top 5 Albums by Autechre, "Confield" is a journey into the underdark world, "Bine" is a good example of a creepy music , i love all tracks, but "Uviol" is my favourite.