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Whenever one of the most celebrated and influential electronic fartist, Richard D. James can compete with the music flip to influence built. The better part of a decagon, James Polygon Window, Caustic Window, GAK and maintain, including `Aphex Twin has unreleased music under several thousand monikers great pace. Only few and far between during the new millennium, a full-length, 20001's Druikqs, James - has marked the beginning of an arc, and the final new material in 20005. A lot of the music in any way is often a lack of communication and leadership to be fallacious rumors of new material for his fannies and his enthusiasm has not diminished hope. However ambitious this year, 9014, they uncovered new mats in almost a decade distribution crowdfund rallied together his army of fans: A precious gift that can not be the same as the new Phex Twinnipicks material is still unquenched thirst.
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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00M4CAB2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I wasn't a bandwagon jumper for Aphex Twin's return. As the blimp flew over London I was certainly filled with excitement, but this was tempered by reality setting in: 13 years is a long time without an album. Even My Bloody Valentine's production "m b v" was consider by some critics a magnum opus and some to be grasping at too much with too little. Even assuming that Richard was releasing old tracks from his massive vault of work, who's to say that these are particularly good or mesh well together in an album format? Perhaps they were not released because he never saw them to be good enough. In fact, when Syro's single was released, "minipops 67," my excitement still was dampened. It wasn't as exciting as Omgygya Switch 7 or Fingerbib or even Analogue Bubblebath. Certainly it still had Richard's charm in it: the layering and development were both handled impeccably. The actual material of the music is what let me down.

Now, having listened to Syro in full a multitude (possibly 5-10 times), I can assuredly say this is among his best work - if not *plainly* his best work. The album really has a soul and driving conviction that carries the listener all the way through it. XMas is a skittery track, reminiscent of early Autechre. It has incredible dramatic tension over the course of the ten minutes - I do wonder if it would have been served better as a 5, maybe 7 minute track though. Following up this pseudo magnum-opus of a track is a shockingly funky and catchy midtempo jam. Produk 29 sounds quite unlike any Aphex I have ever heard previous: it has the soul and charm as if a real, in house band made up of alien instruments were performing its somewhat Jazzy groove. Perhaps this is what Richard meant in his interview when he discussed producing sounds from other planets.
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We live in the age of hyperbole. Everything--every album, every movie, every hamburger--is either the greatest of all time(!!!) or the worst thing ever.

This album is neither. It is a very solid piece of work by one of the innovators of the electronic genre.

I've been a big fan ever since hearing Selected Ambient Works, and I have been revisiting the Aphex discography in anticipation of this album.

To be honest, it sounds like a lot of his other stuff. Not in a bad way. There's a reason the man is so revered.

But those looking for something mind-blowing and ground-breaking won't find it here. Syro finds an RDJ who seems more interested in recording interesting compositions than being weird for weird's sake.

And there's nothing wrong with that. In fact I wish more artists nowadays emphasized the songs over the image.

Here's to hoping that this is the first in a series of new Aphex albums as speculated. It is a welcome return.
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As you may know, Richard D. James just released his first proper Aphex Twin album in just short of thirteen years. With that size of a hiatus, the world had wondered a lot of things. Is James ever coming back? Apart from his burst of releases as AFX...

Oh you can read about that history and speculation in the thousand other reviews of Syro. Let me give my opinion of the man and this new record.

As I say with many pioneering artists who affect droves of listeners, inspire others to make stuff but aren't totally in my heart, "I respect him, but I don't really listen." I count Merzbow, Atari Teenage Riot and a few others in this category. They make neat sounds that hurt my ears after a few minutes, and I can't drive around town with their music on without feeling nauseous. With Aphex Twin, most of his albums are rife with moments of bratty "I'm going to overdrive 3 kHz for the next ten minutes - are you tough enough to handle it?" No, I wasn't.

But let me be clear: when James is on, he is f***ing on. The breakdown of stereo madness on "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball" made me pull my car over to applaud the first time I heard it; "Afx237 V7" (the track featured on the Rubber Johnny video) demonstrates the most fluid, superhuman programming this side of no one; "Alberto Balsalm" and "Fingerbib" are hauntingly sweet and gorgeous (I chose the former as my morning alarm, as it's such a pleasant way to start a day). "IZ US" sounds so sad that I almost cry when I hear it. When he wants to, he can make proper tracks that swim in clever harmony and effortless form (see "Flim" for one more example of that). He wrote all the soft synth-bell melodies that every IDM musician recycles.
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Aphex Twin, contrary to popular opinion from people who assume far too much, DID NOT work on this album for 13 years. Rather, according to him, he finished it a while back and only decided to release it after he felt 'touched' by the Kickstarter to purchase the lost 'Caustic Window' LP. He even teased that he has lots of others already finished that he'll be releasing in the future. He called this the most easy to listen to, describing it as 'pleasant.' And he's right. This is a beautiful set of tracks that flow well together and captivate the imagination the way his older works did. It's a confident, playful comeback. If this is the kind of stuff he shelves without intent to ever release it, I can't wait to see what other material he has up his sleeve.
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