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Aphex Twin - Syro

posted by Dave on 01.10.14 05:10 in Music Reviews Print  

My initial thoughts on the "Syro" material were "uhhh …?" (Visualise hairy fool with open-mouth, teetering perilously close to allowing the drool of utter confusion spill from its corner).

"Aphex Twin": These two words conjure sonic images. Anyone familiar with Richard D. James and his electrically animated corpus have expectations, desires, attitude. They're already trying to hear what it sounds like before they've heard it. For years, proclaiming oneself a fan of Aphex Twin (usually stated along the lines of "I really dig the Aphex Twin, man" – that inclusion of the definite article being a given, it seems) was akin to waving a burning flag, wearing an acid- ragged T-Shirt, or thrusting some kind of manifesto into the face of oncoming human traffic. Given the recent hubbub in webland and far beyond its borders, it's clear that this is – to a very large and significant degree – still the case.


With James's primary alter-ego (at least, primary in the eyes of the majority – does he think this?), the expectations are both high, and specific. The ...


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