Amber (Autechre album)

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Amber
Studio album by Autechre
Released November 7, 1994 (1994-11-07)
Length 74:27
Label Warp
Producer Autechre[1]
Autechre chronology
Anti EP
(1994)
Amber
(1994)
Garbage
(1995)

Amber is a 1994 album by the British electronic music group Autechre released by Warp Records in 1994. Amber was Autechre's first album of new material as their previous work Incunabula was a compilation of older tracks.

Production[edit]

Opposed to Autechre's first album Incunabula which was predominantly a compilation of older material and part of Warp Records' Artificial Intelligence series of albums.[2][3] Amber was described by Rob Brown as "genuinely the first album we put out on Warp".[2]

Style[edit]

CMJ described the sound of Amber as "entirely electronic and entirely instrumental" outside a few vocal samples.[4] Fact magazine desrcibed Amber as containing "some of Autechre's most ambient moments".[3] Fact compared songs on the album to works Brian Eno ("Nine" and "Yulquen"), describing them as " beatless, but powerful low-end means that they’re contemplative rather than ethereal". Fact also described songs such as "Montreal" and "Piezo" ("Silverside") as different styled pieces with "deep veins of techno and acid house".[3]

Release[edit]

Amber was released by Warp Records on November 7, 1994.[5] The album was released on compact disc, double vinyl, cassette and as a digital download.[5] Amber was released on January 24, 1995 by TVT Records.[6]

Reception[edit]

Ned Raggett of Allmusic gave the album a four-and-a-half star rating out of five, and compared the album to Incunabula, opining that "a couple of tracks could be removed with no problem, while tracks like "Montreal" and "Slip" continue the basic Incunabula formula without noticeable change."[7] Raggett concluded that "things are clearly starting to gel a little more here than on previous releases; the great leap forward becomes all the more logical in retrospect."[7] CMJ stated that when Autechre stick to more rhythmic music such as "Glitch" and "Piero" it's "almost hypnotically listenable" but slower tracks were "dangerously close to new age".[4]

In 2008, Booth described listening to Incunabula and Amber again, and commented on "how cheesy they were, and how contrasted our newer ideas are."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are credited to Brown/Booth.[1]

No. Title Length
1. "Foil"   6:04
2. "Montreal"   7:15
3. "Silverside"   5:31
4. "Slip"   6:21
5. "Glitch"   6:15
6. "Piezo"   8:00
7. "Nine"   3:40
8. "Further"   10:07
9. "Yulquen"   6:37
10. "Nil"   7:48
11. "Teartear"   6:45
Total length:
74:27

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Amber (Liner notes). Autechre. Warp Records. 1994. 
  2. ^ a b "BBC Collective - Autechre Q&A". BBC. 15 April, 2005. Retrieved 17 August, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Kalev, Maya (2 September 2013). "The Essential... Autechre". Fact. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b MacDonald, Heidi (April 1995). "Reviews". CMJ (CMJ Network, Inc.) (20): 30. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  5. ^ a b "Autechre: Amber". Warp Records. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Autechre - Amber". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Amber - Autechre". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Richardson, Mark (18 February 2008). "Autechre". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 August 2014.