The Manchester duo, Autechre were one of Warp Records' pioneering electronic acts back in the early 90's. They are still making cutting edge music 30 years on, gradually algorhythmically abstracting their sound to virtually eliminate any human content. Their second album, 1994's Amber, is an outlier in their discography that the duo themselves have dismissed as 'cheesy'. However, what sonic scientists may consider cheesy, can be appreciated by us common people as ethereal, dreamlike and beautiful. Housed in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve, Amber, with its sombre, moody melodies and lush production is an IDM classic.
Unlike most of Autechre's other albums, Amber, despite its starkly minimal sound design, has emotional content, with majestic synth string washes that actually sound real, skittering drum patterns in layered percussive loops, and haunting melody lines inside wells of reverb and delay, with tracks flowing into one another evolving to create something poignant and unique.