Format: Double LP
Catalogue Number: WARP LP 66
Year of Release: 1998
A1 Acroyear 2 (8:39)
A2 777 (5:49)
B1 Rae (7:13)
B2 Melve (1:14)
B3 Vose In (5:21)
B4 Fold 4, Wrap 5 (3:58)
C1 Under Boac (6:22)
C2 Corc (5:50)
C3 Caliper Remote (1:40)
D1 Arch Carrier (6:49)
D2 Drane 2 (9:39)
With this album a high-point was reached for electronic music that no one has come close to since. The music is clean, fast and purposeful, suggesting engineering and machine-led design. An absolute stunner of an album from beginning to end. Even the music box-like Melve, which some people hate.
It is too damn good, complete, whole and amazing to breakdown for review, too good for words. I'll have a few quick stabs though, at some obvious highlights.
Acroyear 2 is an assault on the ears, a statement of intent, uncomfortably fast. Trying to dance to it would be inadvisable, and perhaps dangerous. Never fails to raise a smile though.
Fold 4, Wrap 5 is more of a description of what happens to the sounds that make up the track itself than a title, and is fascinating.
For no good reason I can find, in Under Boac there is the clearly audible vocal sample, "Is it washable?".
Corc is the only track with what could meaningfully be described as a melody.
There may be strange loops at work.
Listen to it, and if you think you don't like it, then listen to it again and again. And once more for luck. I you are not experiencing a child-like wonder as at time-lapse photography of blossoming flowers (seen for the first time), I will be very much surprised, and might eat a hat.
Incidentally, I saw them live around this point in their career, at Leeds, I think as part of a Megadog, or it might have been Something in wonderland, one of those hippy-ish events with stilt-walkers. Did I say 'walkers'? Might have meant to use an 'n' there, where there was an 'l'. Anyway, they headlined, and cleared the room spectacularly well. The freedom of the dancefloor gave me a great opportunity, not to dance, but to position myself such that I formed an equilateral triangle with the speakers.
2nd Best Gig Ever.