tri repetae

this review originally appeared in issue six of muzik magazine, dated november nineteen ninety five

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Sweeping soundscapes full of nature, brightness and light this is not. But then Autechre have always specialised in the darker, deeper, flip-side of ambience. They make music for hanging teddy bears to. Music for winter.

"Tri Repetae" is packed full of unsettling, skin-crawling music. The most danceable tracks, like "Eutow", constantly threaten to fall in on themselves, collapsing under the weight of the twisted sounds and the screeching architecture of their constructions. "Gnit" sounds like the negative image of a jungle track, silent where there should be thudding drums and filled with noise where there should be quiet. Autechre have moved up from their lo-fi origins, but their sounds are still sticky-fingered, investigating the depths of their machines. Their tampering with noise and texture must drive those little people who live inside of computers and operate them (you remember the Numbskulls, don't you?) stark, raving nuts. Or as Autechre would probably put it, Gnutz. Worth more than three repeats, any day. Awarded four out of five

Vaughn Allen