Autechre - SIGN
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koner1
57
The lesser IDM duo on the Warp label is back with a new album! And it's boring. Truth be told I'm not a huge Autechre fan to begin with. I like their debut but I was hugely let down by "Confield" which is considered one of their classic releases, and "SIGN" left me unimpressed as well.

I can't pin down exactly what this album is missing. There's a very obvious focus on ambient soundscapes, but none of them really pull me in and keep me interested. It's like they're not ... read more
Pickle
70
Autechre going ambient is a pleasurable surprise wrapped in their latest album SIGN. SIGN has a relatively warm colour palette on its cover compared to the rest of their discography. The orange circle on the dark grey background can be inferred as a portal to another dimension. SIGN can be interpreted as sign of a new era, and this album showcases a new adventurous direction which Autechre is heading to.
The first half of the album contains complex, mechanical glitches, while the second half ... read more
DCCXX
75
Autechre's return to form after the long winded and wildly experimental elseq and NTS Sessions is a stark reminder that the electronic duo can still mastermind and pioneer the IDM genre, nearly 30 years after Incunabula. Paring their offering back to just over an hour of material, SIGN doesn't reinvent the wheel, but provides some gorgeous glitchy synthscapes that underscore the brilliance of Autechre's calculated dissonance.

F7 feels like the spiritual successor to Oversteps' known(1), with ... read more
Muratka
83
All in all, 'SIGN' is a good album, although straightforward in one note, but still true to Autechre.
Doofy
74
Far from their most intimidating release - in fact anyone missing Boards of Canada will probably find a lot to appreciate in these mesmeric offerings.

A bit of a time machine, this sounds like '90s Autechre form.
nicoperagine
60
I have no idea what I just listened to but it sounded cool. A bit forgettable in the sense of how random it is. It does truly feel directionless, the quality and ideas are there but I can't remember a whole lot. Most probably enjoy this more than I did.
zachthesnack
75
Legendary british electronic outfit, Autchre,
return with an interesting interpretation of IDM
and ambient that is absolutely thrilling at times.
Though far from the groups best work, its still
impressive to see them putting out this quality
of work 2 decades after their heyday.
GabrielDiablo
99
Amazing
notanalt
80
Sign of the end times. Sign of a new era.
vvvpavlic
20
wasnt expecting much but still fairly disappointed. opening track was decent enough, certainly the most ambitious and layered on the album, and was relatively warm for autechre's standards. ive seen this album be called their "most emotional" which i can see, but i think it works against them here - the unnatural and alien sound design that autechre is known for is what makes me like them and opting to be more "emotional" here sours the taste. overall the album doesnt help ... read more
ItsJustArcherr
NR
Yo, these cool new 4th Gen Ryzen processors are looking really good
pressrg
74
I think there's a certain resistance any Autechre fan, myself included, might have to a record like SIGN, an LP attuned more to subtle, ambient textures than groundbreaking programmatics. There's a strange "accessibility", or even budding sense of commerciality to SIGN, which seems off-putting for Rob and Sean. Nevertheless, all that disguises from an emotive and affectively tenuous record: these are songs that seem to unweave themselves, if only to jolt into an entirely different ... read more
Felix_96
20
2/10

annoying to listen to

Fav tracks: <none>
tlvi
70
Gave me Oversteps flashbacks.

I think I set my expectations so high that I ended up getting disappointed. The hype lived only until the ending of the first half of the album. Then it got repetitive and didn't really go anywhere. I kept waiting for something to happen, but instead I was thrown long and uninspiring ambient sessions.

As someone who's into sound design, my favorite moments when listening to Autechre are asking stuff like "how the heck did they made that specific sound?" ... read more
Barelydead
61
I think "SIGN" is their most ambient release, at least from the albums that i have heard from their discography. It is as forgettable as "Amber", but more mediocre and as awkward as "Confield" but less remarkable. Sadly, "SIGN" is far from their best work, but is not their worst either.

Highlights: "F7", "si00"
EL
77
not bad, but some of the songs are so jarring. Great t-shirt released with it though =)
Schmedess
76
IDM and techno legends Autechre are back for a new record SIGN. While I am a pretty recent fan of this duo I have really enjoyed this what I have heard from them. This new album SIGN, is more of an ambient departure for the duo, which they have done in the past. So any long time ae fans aren’t going to be disappointed or anything. I am certainly not, as I think a majority of this record is very good. My favorite on the whole record comes in the form of the first track “M4 ... read more
cipater22
91
They did it again
StanleyCCC
60
Meh some nice soundscapes but overal underwhelming. Why does the artwork look like some new SONY phone advertisement in 2007?
Asthenos
NR
YOOOOO THEY BLESSED US EARLY
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