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Amber (Autechre album)

Amber
Studio album by Autechre
Released 7 November 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.

Contents

  • Production 1
  • Style 2
  • Release 3
  • Reception 4
  • Track listing 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Production

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

CMJ described the sound of Amber as "entirely electronic and entirely instrumental" outside a few vocal samples.[4] Fact magazine described Amber as containing "some of Autechre's most ambient moments".[3] Fact compared songs on the album to works of 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] Select described the album as a "'90s update of electro's cut-'n'-paste rhythmics into the realms of the odd." and that it "made music by μ-Ziq or Aphex Twin seem almost conventional".[5]

Release

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

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [8]
Select [5]

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."[8] 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."[8] Select gave the album four stars out of five, describing the group as "out on the fringes, having a good rummage for the weird and beautiful" and the album was not "goalless experimentation. There's plenty of melody on board, it's just that it creeps up on you from behind"[5]

CMJ stated that when Autechre stick to more rhythmic music such as "Glitch" and "Piezo" 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."[9]

Track listing

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

References

  1. ^ a b Amber (Liner notes). Autechre. Warp Records. 1994. 
  2. ^ a b "BBC Collective - Autechre Q&A".  
  3. ^ a b c Kalev, Maya (2 September 2013). "The Essential... Autechre".  
  4. ^ a b MacDonald, Heidi (April 1995). "Reviews".  
  5. ^ a b c Grundy, Gareth (December 1994). "New Albums".  
  6. ^ a b "Autechre: Amber".  
  7. ^ "Autechre - Amber". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c  
  9. ^ Richardson, Mark (18 February 2008). "Autechre".  
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