Aphex Twin Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 Review: Richard D. James brings the odd with this quick collection of jazzy soundscapes.
Aphex Twin’s 2014 comeback album SYRO was a more than welcome return for the enigmatic electronic music iconoclast.
But the one complaint leveled at the album (of which I concurred) was that it felt a bit too…well let’s say too safe. Sure there were his usual quirky moments, but they weren’t as apparent in the overall compositions and construction.
Well, seemingly to answer/appease/prove that he can still bring the weird, Richard D. James is back with Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2, a surprise 13 track EP from Warp Records.
The title seems quite literal; it sounds like natural instruments cut and pasted in an off-kilter sonic skew.
diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13 is the leadoff track, and ti sets the template for whats to follow: subterranean bass, jazz percussion, and swampy reverb that would sound perfect as a stake out theme in a futuristic thriller. There’s even a hint of the scuzzy urban blues of David Holmes of DJ Shadow if they went on a bender together.
You may ask why a 13 track collection would be considered an EP, and the answer would be the brevity of said tracks: snar2 is literally 20 seconds of a snare drum. piano un1 arpej is a 50 second manic-depressive piano concerto, and disk aud1_12 sounds like a music box in fast forward (its 9 seconds in total).
Luckily the meatier tracks are more satisfying, such as the cloudy funk of hat5c 0001 rec-4, and the ghostly gong soundscape of disk prep calrec2 barn dance [slo]. And there’s ambient piano bliss with piano un10 it happened.
It’s this crazy quilt quality that most calls to mind his 2001 album Drukgs, a blink and you’ll miss it sonic collage affair that remains a polarizing release.
So while it may alienate casual fans, diehards will still want to scoop up Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 . Given that there’s even more rumored Aphex Twin material coming soon, one can only imagine where he’s headed next.
You can preview/order Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 from Amazon and iTunes via the links below:
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