Thirty years from now, when we’re floating in ectoplasm pods wearing nothing but helmets that put you in a virtual nightclub, the background music will probably sound something like Autechre. In that sense you might call British duo Sean Booth and Rob Brown advanced thinkers; they go to painstaking lengths to remove any emotion from their unique and incomparable sound constructions. But there’s such a thing as being too cerebral. When you have to think this hard about music, it becomes a somewhat joyless ride, especially since Booth and Brown deny the listener a single danceable beat until track 10, the meaninglessly titled Tankakern. And when I say dance, I mean robotic jerks at best.
Autechre subdue Lee’s Palace Saturday (April 12).