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  • Audio CD (March 5, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00AU0UE1K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On March 5, 2013 Autechre will release their new album on Warp Records. Titled Exai the album is Rob Brown and Sean Booth's 11th full length album, and follows 2010's Oversteps and 2011's 47 track collection EPs 1991-2002. With a running time of 2 hours and 32 seconds, Exai will be available on 2 CDs, 4 pieces of vinyl and digitally.

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Sounding like the chatter of aliens, it's probably what most people associate with Autechre at their most inaccessible.
Headphone Commute
As I mentioned, I do expect this to be a book-end of sorts, so they can continue to diversify and evolve their sound into something possibly more unique.
Brian Lange.
I really have to listen many more times before I think I can start to really love it for what it actually is. for that give it fiver stars.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joe M on March 15, 2013
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Exai is vast, and travels through most of the band's history, merging styles and periods from the past two decades. It is harsher than Oversteps, but more coherent than some of their works from the early 2000s, and gives a nod back to their excellent alien machinery sound of the late 1990s. Anyone reading this probably knows, but this album must be listened to with excellent speakers or headphones to appreciate its full depth, as with the rest of their music.

The album's two discs are somewhat distinct in their sound, with the first disc generally harsher and more frenetic, while the second has more grooves. The first track, "FLeure", follows the pattern of many of their opening tracks: initially quite jarring and off putting. It's like the barbed wire fence keeping the intruders out, with only those in the know able to pass through into the rest of the album.

Highlights of the first disc include: "jatevee C" with its steel drum melody and harsh snapping beats; "T ess xi", which is very wet sounding, with lots of liquid getting squeezed out of the machines, and an opium haze, like it was recorded in 19th century India; and of course the one everybody is talking about, "bladelores", which is a massive, spacious tune. It sounds like a huge robot stomping overhead, then like you're drifting through the void beneath an angelic spaceship, before taking a breather and merging the two elements and ending with a two minute cool down.

The second, and in my opinion superior disc, opens with the psychedelic cross-fading of "1 1 is". It's a perfect opener with its groovy, sweaty beats and melody all jumbled up together. "cloudline" is bloody brilliant.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lange. VINE VOICE on March 4, 2013
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Think of it as an addendum and possibly the last component of the Quar/Over/Exal trilogy. Absolutely in the same vein as the previous two studio albums, Quaristice and Oversteps, Exal delivers strong and does not disappoint.

Seventeen tracks and over two hours of playtime might seem like a lot, it is, but for those that actually listen to this type of music, it is heaven! I feel as though this is the most raw and pure that Autechre can get, and they have reached a profound understanding of the blip-driven, minimal, repetitive yet progressive, abrasive yet ambient sound. The production quality is rich and elaborate, much to the chagrin of naysayers that claim "this isn't music, it's just random noise, anyone can do this." I say no! Years ago, I saw them perform live and they are so keen to make people listen to the actual sound that they played on a dark stage with no light show of any kind, their faces being the only illuminated objects and that coming from the light in their laptops and on the sound mixers. Respect.

Call it what you want, but all electronic experimental noise lovers must admire and acknowledge Autechre for what they have done over the years. They have a diverse body of work and, in my opinion, continue to perfect their sound and define who they are. As I mentioned, I do expect this to be a book-end of sorts, so they can continue to diversify and evolve their sound into something possibly more unique. As things stand now, I think it holds up as one of the best things they've produced.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Henning on March 14, 2013
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Another masterpiece from these guys. I will admit that I was somewhat disappointed by the direction they took on their last few albums, which stripped away the rhythmic complexity in favor of simpler, more subdued sounds. This one, however, finds the group going back to what they do best: stuttering percussion, layers of digital noise, and song structures on the brink of collapse. It's safe to say that no one else is making music quite like this; the only thing I can think of that gives me the same head-spinning thrill ride is modern jazz (not that the two are remotely similar in any other respect). I have heard some folks complain that Autechre haven't really progressed much in the last decade, and indeed the sound on this album isn't too far removed from older recordings such as Draft 7.30, but it's hard to imagine this music getting any further out there without it becoming unlistenable. As it stands, Autechre have found the perfect balance between beauty and chaos; it's a nice place to hang out.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Andrew Enlow on March 5, 2013
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This is one of the most satisfying recordings I have ever heard, even within the Autechre catalog. It is at once more challenging and more accessible than previous releases.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By droceankddd on March 4, 2013
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I remember when radiohead's "kid a" came out, i was thinking "where on earth are they coming up with these freaking sounds?"
The answer? Autechre. Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Boards Of Canada.....all whom i fell in love with, and after buying their back catalogues, continued to keep up with the bands recent releases throughout the '00-'07.
But Aphex Twin kinda stopped making music for the public around 2006, squarepusher and BOC also lost me around that time. But Autechre, they kept me excited with granz graf, confield, draft 7:30, untilted, ....and lost me with the "quare...whatever," the 20 short songs with a blue cover.
They got my attention with move of ten, and oversteps, neither less than great albums, but Exai??????
Exai takes everything from 1998's LP5 to oversteps, forges it into over 120minutes of STELLAR work, and adds in the "post rave immersion" of four tet, burial, there are much more textures to this, the songs are often 6-7minutes plus, and yet, i have yet to listen to this release in anyway but from front to end.
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