Friday means weird and/or obscure music on Heavy Blog, but today what we’re covering isn’t necessarily weird or obscure—at least, not on the surface.
Autechre are a British electronic duo (consisting of Sean Booth and Robert Brown) that are pretty well known in intelligent dance music circles (a.k.a IDM), and, alongside artists like Aphex Twin, Mouse On Mars, Boards Of Canada, Venetian Snares, and Future Sound of London, have been crucial in pioneering electronic music that rejects the much of EDM’s tropes in favor of a more experimental sound. While the genre tag of IDM has been rejected by numerous artists (which is something we talk about in this episode), there has nonetheless been a rise in music that doesn’t conform to four-on-the-floor beats or related cliches of electronic music that deserves some sort of attention.
Tri Repetae is Autechre’s third album, and underneath its glitchy, industrial feel is a lot of serious dedication and experimentation by Booth and Brown. While it doesn’t exactly have the full-on weirdness of Nurse With Wound or even Nuno Canavarro (in all truth, it’s rather accessible for something on Heavy Vanguard), the thought and composition of Tri Repetae solidifies itself as an important experimental electronic album, and as one of the best electronic albums of the 90s.
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