LP5

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LP5
Autechrelp5.jpg
Studio album by
Released13 July 1998
GenreIDM, glitch
Length76:16
LabelWarp
ProducerAutechre
Autechre chronology
Cichlisuite
(1997)
LP5
(1998)
Peel Session
(1999)

The untitled fifth studio album by the British electronic music duo Autechre was released in 1998 by Warp Records. No title was printed anywhere within the artwork, so it is commonly referred to as LP5, in line with the later EP EP7; it has also been called Autechre, as well as Album, as listed on promotional copies.[1]

This album shows Autechre abandoning the full, warm sounds of earlier albums like Amber in favor of a fine-tuned, technical style they had begun exploring on Chiastic Slide and the Cichlisuite EP.

Production[edit]

The track "Drane2" is a response to Aphex Twin's "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball", which, according to Sean Booth, is an answer to Autechre's earlier track "Drane":

yeah we did the track drane, which had that exponential speeding-up delay thing happening, and then rich did that bouncing ball track, and we answered it with drane2 which was the same delay trick but feeding percussion into it instead, as a kind of tease[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork8.4/10[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]

Greg Prato of AllMusic gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and said that "all the songs are cut from the same sonic cloth".[3] Pitchfork listed LP5 as album number eight on their 2017 list of "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time" (one of three Autechre albums to be included), stating that LP5 effectively balances the accessibility of their earlier work with the more challenging material to come, and thus represents "a certain peak."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sean Booth and Rob Brown.

No.TitleLength
1."Acroyear2"8:39
2."777"5:49
3."Rae"7:13
4."Melve"1:14
5."Vose In"5:21
6."Fold4,Wrap5"3:58
7."Under BOAC"6:22
8."Corc"5:50
9."Caliper Remote"1:40
10."Arch Carrier"6:49
11."Drane2" (9:38) (Untitled hidden track starts at 21:42)23:21
Total length:76:16

On US pressings, the hidden track is moved to its own 12th track, and the silence after "Drane2" is shortened by three minutes. The hidden track is not found on vinyl pressings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Autechre-LP5/release/354772
  2. ^ Booth, Sean. "AAA – Ask Autechre Anything – Sean and Rob on WATMM! – Page 109". WATMM. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "LP5 – Autechre". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "Autechre: Autechre". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 4 April 2005. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  6. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "Autechre". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 29. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Pitchfork Staff (2017). "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time – Page 5". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 December 2017.