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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B0035BMK5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. Ress
2. ilanders
3. Known (1)
4. Pt2ph8
5. Qplay
6. see on see
7. Treale
8. os veix3
9. O=0
10. d-sho qub
11. st epreo
12. redfall
13. krYlon
14. Yuop

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Autechre will see the release of their 10th studio album, ''Oversteps'' this March 23rd. One of the most distinctive and revered electronic groups of all time, they've previously been commissioned to remix the likes of Stereolab, Tortoise and Surgeon, and have notably been feted by Thom Yorke, with the Radiohead frontman stating on his official website that their 2001 album ''Confield'' ''made my head spin'', and citing Booth and Brown's work as an influence on his own Kid A and Amnesiac (of course Autechre themselves admit indifference to this).
Their latest work, still very much an Autechre record, shows an oft-overlooked playfulness and a rarely mentioned musicality that comes to the fore-front, in what could be described as their most accessible work to date. Between the layers of cold digital pings and fuzzed out tones, there are true chord changes and warm soundscapes being built from the ground up. As freelance writer David Abravanel (New York Magazine, Big Shot, Pop Matters..etc.) put it, Autechre's previous release, Quarterstice was ''the cool In A Silent Way to the more aggressively beautiful Bitches Brew of Oversteps. There are tracks here with the kind of ambient techno melodies that have scarce been present on an Autechre album since 1995's Tri Repetae. Where part of the thrill of Quaristice was the unmistakable sound of the duo wrestling with where to fit all the pieces, Oversteps beams with confidence; everything is fleshed out here.''

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Easily my favorite Autechre release since Confield.
Lunatic Core
Llanders has a more ambient sound to it throughout the song, starting out with deep bass sounds that are very trance-like and slow moving.
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All in all, they're still my favorite albums of all time, and I rate them with my favorite music from any era.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Catfood03 on March 23, 2010
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The pre-release buzz from both fans and critics of Autechre's music on their 10th album, Oversteps, had some comparisons to their earliest work, more specifically their sophomore album Amber. While not totally off-base that comparison is merely a reference point for the direction the band has now embarked upon. Like the aforementioned classic, Oversteps could be heard as a return to form, but that would diminish the great records that the duo has released leading up to this point.

For once the focus is not on Autechre's trademark mind-bending warped beats and percussion, but the melodic notes that have been more often than not pushed back into the mix throughout the band's past discography. Perhaps taking a cue from the positive responses from the minority of ambient tracks that graced 2008's Quaristice, the new album now has these in greater abundance. It's an exciting change of pace. The beats, when they do appear, have greater punch to it. All the tracks (whether with beats or not) are dense, restless and convey a variety of emotion.

I find it difficult to explain Autechre's songs into words, partly because the elements that are referenced ("techno", "hip-hop", etc) are filtered into highly fractured compositions. I can only say that "r ess", "see on see", "treale", "qplay", "d-sho qub", "redfall" and "yuop" made strong favorable impressions on first listen and I'm sure will be joined by many others with repeated spins.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Rayne on May 30, 2010
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Like many others, I had given Ae's last couple of releases a miss. I shelved Untilted after only a listen or two, and never even bothered picking up Quaristice. But then I saw the buzz around Oversteps and started listening to previews...and that's when the majestic, sweeping, rolling pads of "ilanders" hit me. And suddenly I was listening to "Rettic AC" from Chiastic Slide all over again, which is nothing short of amazing. I'm still trying to decide whether or not I like "known(1)" yet, but otherwise this album is definitely the best thing they've made since ep7, and certainly one of their strongest albums overall. If you're a fan of their mid-career work then you owe it to yourself to pick up Oversteps post-haste.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Utah on August 2, 2010
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I had been getting pretty sick of autechre over the years, more and more thinking that they might have run their course, and then this album comes along which was a completely unexpected and most welcome surprise. It's still autechre, for sure, and some of the patterns and loops are familiar, but for some reason it rings fresh and really hits the spot.

If I had to describe this album in a nutshell I might say "a more groovy update of the Terminator soundtrack". There are some great, melodic and dare-I-say borderline "emotional" musical sequences on here that help everything to resonate more than their other recent efforts. But it also still has that beautifully cold and calculated menace to it, like only these guys can do. It's a fine line, but they walk it better here than at any time in recent memory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angry Mofo on December 31, 2010
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Honestly, I never liked Autechre before. I know I'm uncultured, but I always thought they were: cold, without the emotional delicacy of early Aphex Twin; mechanical, with simplistic rhythms stretching out interminably with little variation; and pretentious, passing off their melodic deficiencies as brilliant avant-gardism. But before you get angry, think of how humbled I was when I heard Oversteps, which is their best album, if not ever, then certainly since Amber.

I realized from the first song that this wasn't business as usual. "R Ess" begins the album with a glacially calm keyboard sound, best described by the adjective "regal." This melody fades in excruciatingly slowly, but the slow pace is amazingly effective -- the sound is so clean and soothing, I got really into each repetition and wanted it to keep going. Eventually it stops; the rest of the track consists of very quiet background noise, with fragments of the original lead occasionally breaking through, like isolated recollections of some fantastic experience.

But after all, Oversteps isn't a radical departure. The very next song, "Ilanders," is full of loud, burbling acid-bass, almost drowning out the gentler melodic elements laid on top. It's pretty much the quintessential Artificial Intelligence sound, typical of early Autechre.
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