Boomkat Product Review:
The seventh full length from Autechre, and another micro-shift in sound and scope. It's always hard reviewing Ae albums as they just take so long to digest and mature, or rather, your ears and mind take so long to adjust and focus to the new sonic vocabulary that presents itself on first listen and on the several listens that immediately follow. Location and scenario are also key factors, Ae produce music that is designed to command full attention, played loud and deep for the required effect, avoiding "Background Music" airings at all costs. That said, this is almost immediately a deeply engrossing and highly involving listen, re-equating much of the unformulaic and harsh deployment of Confield's cocophanous sound, threading in some clear, almost nostalgic melody exchanges and a totally anihilating genius with the beats. It was never a question of compromise, for Draft 7.30 is in no way a regression of sound, but what Sean and Rob have achieved across these 10 tracks is physically overwhelming, lifting shards of ambience and accessability, obscurity, mathematics and a world of experience condensed into their most coherent album since LP5. For those of you looking for a bit of clarity or, for want of a better word, "easier" listening, there's plenty here to dive into. "Surpipere" unfolds in bliss, an underwater plick plock of a beat, darkly futuristic tones, echoes of malfunctioning machinery and the eventual splicing of the beat determined to represent a hitherto unknown form of electro jackin. "VL AL" is simply astonishing, quite how the percussion manages to sound so mesmerising, deep, evolved, and all within a split second of opening, you'll never really understand, nor is knowledge necessary here. A terrifyingly definitive Ae moment once again. "V-Proc", meanwhile, has garnered most attention in the lead up to the release of this album, an amazingly straight emission from the Ae boombox, all delayed anticipation and...here it comes, phatest hip hop destruction analogue stylee, room-splitting low end, just killer. "Reinform Puls", finally, is a tantalising ending, deeply moving in the way that EP7 so uniquely managed to be, that hint of melody and reminiscence floating itself ever so lightly to the top, glazing this reviewers eyes up with a slowly slowly removing from focus view of the world. Immense.