Aphex Twin - Syro (Warp)

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Post by HC on Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:41 pm

Yay! I started this thread -- but I'll leave it to you to drop all your hate love here!



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Post by jkn on Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:28 pm

Really like the first track. Feels like older stuff. My budget is limited these days - I'll wait to hear more of it.

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Post by serein on Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:31 pm

I'm not really that "hyped" even tho I'm a huge Aphex Twin fan. In fact, I started to despise some people that, like, uhm, change their avatars to the Aphex symbol and can't talk about anything else. Lol, I even saw some dudes saying that Minipops was better than all Tomorrow Harvest. I mean, that's fucking fanboyism.

About the album, yeah, I've hear some tracks and like some of them. Prob my fav atm are Metz, the 4º one and Aisatsana.

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Post by HC on Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:36 pm

In my previous life I was able to find new 'music friends' at work by posting an Aphex Twin logo on the wall... Those who knew, opened up immediately. The rest thought that I was just a weirdo Wink
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Post by forheavyrotation on Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:14 am

Looking forward to it.  And the artwork from tDR, especially the Limited edition vinyl boxset

http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/september/syro-aphex-twin

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Post by HC on Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:44 am

Where is the limited edition vinyl boxset sold? Is it only from Warp? Or is it the same as the 3xLP release?
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Post by forheavyrotation on Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:57 am

HC wrote:Where is the limited edition vinyl boxset sold? Is it only from Warp? Or is it the same as the 3xLP release?

It's a limited edition of 200 only from Bleep.com distributed via a ballot and costs a whopping £250 (UK) / €310 (Europe) / USD 400 (ROW)

https://bleep.com/syro-limited-edition

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Post by HC on Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:01 am

Oh... Damn... well there goes that... And I'd be surprised if it's not already sold out!
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Post by HC on Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:01 am

From Bleep:
"The opportunity to buy the Syro Limited Edition will be allocated by a ballot."
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Post by HC on Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:03 am

So basically... the second the first 200 editions sell for that crazy price, the release will be available on eBay for double that! And it will probably sell too! This is like an "investment opportunity" - haha! (er... wait a minute!)
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Post by forheavyrotation on Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:04 am

HC wrote:From Bleep:
"The opportunity to buy the Syro Limited Edition will be allocated by a ballot."

And to get into the ballot you have to buy a normal copy from them first.

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Post by serein on Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:45 pm

Ii really hope this cumfest ends soon. I mean, im a huge aphex fan too, but everyone is like "oh ma gawd album of the millenium oh better than everything else oh mah gawd best music eva"  its a bit anoying reading all the fucking time

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Post by HC on Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:13 pm

lol! Glad to have you on the forum where you can speak yo mind! hehe... Well, usually with this kind of thing, the more anticipation build up the larger the let down. I've managed to stay pretty focused on all the other music. Lets see if it delivers!
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Post by HC on Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:12 pm

So I just gave the album my first pass through. Here's my first impression:

It definitely sounds more like the old Aphex Twin (or perhaps The Tuss), with a few pieces feeling more as if dusted off from the archives (I even heard some analog hiss on a few of them). Track #11 appears to be remixed by Luke Vibert. And although there are definitely a few refurbished ideas on here, it's still all incredibly comforting and nicely cradles that nostalgia for the "good 'ol Aphex Twin".

So I would say that I'm satisfied with it. Not sure how someone who's not into that "sound" will receive it (or someone under 18), but I will surely return for a few more listens, as I expect the album to 'unfold' even more.
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Post by OctopusEmpire on Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:38 pm

I'm personally amazed that the album managed to survive in any way intact such was the level of hype and anticipation.
It has been interesting (and conversely slightly boring) watching the buildup. I'd tend to agree with Serein on the matter of getting tired of reading the "OMG NEW APHEX IS BEST MUSIC EVER IN HISTORY OF WORLD EVER" based on a quick glance at a circle of words listing musical equipment.

The few tracks I've heard I do like, in particular the way the production using analog gear seems to be taken to the next level. There's no 'well my SH101 sounds amaze so I just record it and that's it' laziness apparent. I don't get the impression that there was any thinking that he could just release any old sh*t and uber-fans would lap it up anyway (as much as they are..).
Having said that I'm maybe a tiny bit disappointed that after all this time he does seem to be pursuing the same aesthetic and sound.
Although he is Richard D James, he can probably do what the hell he likes and who am I to argue Smile

I see the album is on Spotify now so I can give it a few listens in full.

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Post by HC on Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:59 pm

Full review going live tomorrow on Headphone Commute!
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Post by JAM on Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:29 pm

i love most all of his work but always struggle a bit with the sound design/technique versus emotion/composition debate. he's a master of the former but sometimes lacking in the latter. haven't gotten the new album, looking forward to it.

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Post by serein on Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:44 pm

8/10 for me

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Post by HC on Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:58 am

In-depth review just published on Headphone Commute!

http://hcdi.gs/AphexTwinSyro
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Post by antonia on Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:24 pm

JAM wrote:i love most all of his work but always struggle a bit with the sound design/technique versus emotion/composition debate.  he's a master of the former but sometimes lacking in the latter.  haven't gotten the new album, looking forward to it.

I agree! While I don't hate the album (I don't hate anything by Aphex Twin and I'm not his greatest fan either) I find it boring. In spanish we would say it's "soso", soso means it doesn't have salt or spice, thus lacking flavor. I also don't feel in tune with the nostalgia thing (I have an age, I could be nostalgic of that sound) I feel that he could do better, I have the feeling that I'm listening the work of someone who hasn't evolved. And I don't mean evolution as in rupture or change, but as in growth.
Sometimes I wonder who is the person who's chosen the songs for the album. Because I'm sure this man has to have more exciting music on his archive.
I'll give it a few more listens though, it might well be a grower :-)

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Post by JAM on Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:50 pm

apparently these tracks are old-ish, at least from over the past five years or so.  according to the pitchfork interview (http://pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/aphex-twin/), it marks the end of a phase, so hopefully he'll start  recording new material and we'll be able to see if he's evolved/grown.  

i still look forward to getting the new cd, all things said and done.

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Post by HC on Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:39 pm

... and I totally called it...

HC wrote:So basically... the second the first 200 editions sell for that crazy price, the release will be available on eBay for double that! And it will probably sell too! This is like an "investment opportunity" - haha! (er... wait a minute!)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331329880751
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Post by mogga on Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:54 am

Afraid I do not agree with the HC review. I would give the album a 5/10. Its kind of dull. I really liked a lot of the old Aphex Twin music but times have moved on ... there are now many artists who are a match for AT IMHO.

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Post by cel76 on Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:12 am

Yeah whilst technically brilliant, much of this album is pretty mediocre to listen to IMHO. I only like 4 of the 12 tracks which I never thought I'd say in reference to an Aphex album. I wonder if he has been gone so long because he is running out of ideas. He's been playing some of these tracks since the middle of the last decade.

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