12 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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 way 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. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

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 way 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. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
331 Ratings
331 Ratings
John Manoogian III ,

THIS ALBUM RUINED MY MARRIAGE

AND I’VE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER. FIVE STARS.

DerSpliffenhauser ,

unsure as yet.

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

GaryGoggles ,

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First of all, you must listen to this loudly. On some semblance of a decent system. The speakers on your laptop aren’t going to cut it. If you attended any of the Syro listening parties then you know what I mean. It’s the only way to hear the sublime intricacies of each tune. PAPAT4 steals the show after multiple listens. The way he threads the melodics throughout the track, sometimes behind everything else, sometimes in front of everything else, just….. so good. There’s still no one making music like Richard D. James. Syro is just the next example of that.

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