The hype is finally coming to fruition today as Aphex Twin released his newest 12 track album, Syro. The album is Aphex Twins first official release in over 13 years. Fortunately for us, the wait was well worth it. We are experiencing a relatively stagnant time in modern electronic music. We have sub-genres upon sub-genres but the deviation among those genres is generally miniscule (often times tracks in these genres/sub-genres are seemingly carbon copies of each other). Aphex Twins Syro helps remind us to be different and deviate from those norms. With tracktitles such as SYRO U473T8+E [141.98][PIEZOLUMINESCENCE MIX] AND s950tx16wasr10 [163.97][earth portal mix] you can start to see the deviation from the norms of modern electronic music. Every track on this album is worthy of its own review but I’ll briefly touch on my favorite track and let you decide the rest. My favorite track from the album would have to be minipops 67 [1202/2] [source field mix]. This track really embodies Aphex Twins older productions with an emphasis on everything analog. Every blip, bleep and boop is a wonderfully tasteful application of Aphex Twins thoughtful production style. There have been plenty of times when I listened to some of Aphex Twins older material and wondered to myself, “Is this really music? Because I imagine this is what robots communicating with each other would sound like”. But as time passed and my appreciation for production (and music in general) progressed I began to realize that an age-old saying was truly at the heart of Aphex Twins musical style, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Of course that saying holds true for all genres and sub-genres of music but I feel this is especially true with Aphex Twin. Many people will probably read this review, click on the link to stream the album, and then hastefully turn off the music after about 3 minutes of listening. This is when I urge to you push on, deviate, and be a little weird. Aphex Twins music might not resonate with you after a first listen but I highly recommend you to listen this album as objectively as possible. Don’t expect to hear genre A, genre B, and genre C. Just let the music do the talking and let it take you to places you’ve never been.
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