DIGITAL BEAT: Autechre, Plaid, Crystal Method ...

British dark electronica duo previewing tracks from forthcoming album on Warp Records Web site.

Until Autechre's sixth album, Confield, is released on May 15, fans may preview the tracks on the Warp Records Web site. The nine-track album continues in the same vein of dark experimentalism that fans of the Sheffield, England, "intelligent dance music" duo have come to know over their 10-year techno tenure, a Warp spokesperson said. ...

The third album by English electronic duo Plaid will be titled Double Figure and is due May 29 in the U.S. on Warp Records. Following their 2000 compilation of early tracks, Trainer, the duo, Andy Turner and Ed Handley, have made snippets of five songs from Double Figure available on the Warp Web site (www.warprecords.com). In a similar vein to their first two albums, 1998's Not for Threes and '99's Rest Proof Clockwork, the new album is packed with Plaid's warm sense of melody and inventive, pulsing beats. ...

Crystal Method lovers can hear music from the duo's upcoming second album, Tweekend, on a free digital postcard at www.thecrystalmethod.com. ...

Fans of British electro-rockers Curve can get a taste of what the band's been working on, thanks to a free download of the melodic new song, "Perish," available at www.curve.co.uk. The group is recording material for the follow-up to 1998's Come Clean. ...

PJ Harvey has posted the video for "A Place Called Home," from her sixth album, Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000), on her Web site. The video was shot in an 18th century church in East London that is rumored to be haunted. ...

British rockers Suede are documenting their progress on the follow-up to 1999's Head Music on their Web site, www.suede.net. The band has posted pictures and movies of its work in a Wales studio, including a clip of frontman Brett Anderson singing the song "Asda Town." ...

— sonicnet.com staff report