Quaristice (Warp)

Rating: NN

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).

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