I’m going to have to listen to a few more samples…a few more times before I’ll know whether or not I like this re-entry….
What I like, so far . . .
01. minipops 67 [120.2]
…the rest seems a bit…I dunno’…clunky(?)
Aphex Twin | Syro
In music these days, the fastest-moving genre is electronic dance music, or EDM. It’s the sound most people associate with rave culture and artists like Skrillex. But 20 years ago, Richard D. James — better known as Aphex Twin — was making a very different kind of electronic music, as heard on landmark releases like 1994’s Selected Ambient Works Vol. II.
This week, James is back with Syro, the first new Aphex Twin album in more than a decade — making him a bit like an Unfrozen Caveman DJ, returning to a changed world. His field of endeavor has exploded commercially and splintered into thousands of subgenres. It’s also become more predictable, which is one reason many have awaited his return.
Aphex Twin’s early records expanded the lockstep pulse of techno and related rhythms with shadowy, brooding atmospheres. Syro explores similar undercurrents, rendered with a gear head’s fanatic attention to detail. In fact, the album artwork includes a list of instruments used in each track.