“SIGN” is the fourteenth studio album (and first proper album-album since “Elseq”), by British electronic music duo Autechre, released via Warp Records, on 16 October 2020.The cover and packaging artwork, once again, was thought off by famous Designers Republic, who created artwork for several other Autechre releases.
“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.
Clear signs of greatness!