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Autechre - Oversteps

Neil Gardner
Neil Gardner 26 March 2010 at 13.00

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Old dogs can learn new tricks...

Rob Brown and Sean Booth’s tenth album as Autechre sees them take another stylistic turn from the spiky electronic vignettes of ‘Quaristice’. While hardly what you’d call commercial, ‘Oversteps’ contains some of the pair’s most approachable material for aeons, with their usual alien and sometimes hostile soundscapes peppered with vibrant melodies, particularly on the swirling brooding ambience of ‘Ilandrers’ and bright, fizzing ‘Treale’. Autechre have a reputation for being cold and unapproachable but the weirdly funky ‘d-sho qub’ shows that, even if they haven’t lost their knack for impenetrable song titles, old dogs can learn new tricks.

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