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On his first album in 13 years, Richard D. James, the godfather of cerebral electronic music, is in top form. This isn't a comeback, nor a departure of any kind: Syro sounds like highly concentrated, classic Aphex Twin, a singular aesthetic that dates all the back to 1982: beat patterns wiggle into the foreground, then disappear; analog synths snap, crackle and pop; moods vacillate between aggressively percussive and smoothly melodic. These tracks – they work together like one long set -- demand to be listened to with excellent headphones, the better to discern their highly intricate sequencing, arguably some of James' most ambitious. Each tune is teeming with juicy noise, all of it gleefully arranged. What comes through most is joy: it sounds like James is having so much fun. 

Customer Reviews



unsure as yet.

when I played this album, my cat attacked my synthesizer and now I don't know what to do.

Richard D. James is back!

i assumed i’d never see another release from this guy. Aphex Twin made me fall in love with electronica, and I don’t think i’ve been this excited for a new album since NIN dropped Hesitation Marks last year. It’s a good time for music.


Born: August 18, 1971 in Limerick, Ireland

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Exploring the experimental possibilities inherent in acid and ambience, the two major influences on home-listening techno during the late '80s, Richard D. James' recordings as Aphex Twin brought him more critical praise than any other electronic artist. Though his first major single, "Didgeridoo," was a piece of acid thrash designed to tire dancers during his DJ sets, ambient stylists and critics later took him under their wing for Selected Ambient Works 85-92, a sublime touchstone in the field of...
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