Half Notes: Autechre – Quaristice (2008)

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by Tom Johnson

As a long-time fan of the group, I’ve simply come to expect to be perplexed by what electronic-noise pioneers Autechre put out. And, as it turns out, the more perplexed I am upon immediate inspection of the new material, the longer I tend to be interested. First reaction may simply be “Jesus, what is this?” but something always calls me back. After multiple listens, something starts to jell. Somewhere, under the layers of twisted aural wreckage, there lies uncommon, awkward beauty.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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