So, how long have you been waiting for this one to drop? The answer really depends on two things – whether you’ve just been waiting for new long form material from the UK IDM legends Autechre, or whether you’ve been waiting for Autechre to put a proper album together that stays true to the principles and format of a ‘proper album’, as this does.
Either way let’s just say Sign has been some time in the making, and it’s definitely a case of payoff for patience. For the most part it’s the waves of space age melody that really stand out, tracks like Esc Desc seem to fill the room with bands of sci-fi harmony. Of course there’s plenty of glitch and bleep here, too – the stepping Au14 is a case in point – alongside rumbling, bass-heavy business like Si100, where playful drips of percussion create a juxtaposition of innocence and menace.