This is the first Aphex Twin dong fore 13 years between the publication of the first a formal music.
He may have been virtually silent for the past 13 years, but Aphex Twin won’t make fans wait so long for the next batch of material following the release of his forthcoming album, Syro. In a recent interview the artist, AKA Richard D James, explained that he has work in the vaults “pretty much ready to go”, and that Syro represents about a fifth of what he’s done over the past 10 years: “One album out of many possible ones,” he says.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, James describes the act of gearing up to put out a new record as a “ballache”, but attributes the recent Kickstarter campaign that raised $67,000 for the release of his ‘lost’ 1994 album Caustic Window as providing some of the impetus behind his return.
“I’m in that mode now, so hopefully I’ll stay in it for a while,” James said. “I’ve got a few more things planned – at least a couple more albums, some EPs, things like that. Some more dancy things I did about 10 years ago. Experimental things, noise things, weird things. Shitloads of stuff. They’re all pretty much ready to go.”
Syro is Aphex Twin’s first album since 2001’s Drukqs. James broke the news last month via Tor, a browser designed for accessing the deep web, and said the new record would be released via Warp Records on 22 and 23 September, with fan playbacks taking place across the world on Friday 5 September. The artwork will include a list that shows every cost related to the production of the album, and to own a limited-edition box set, as pictured below, fans must enter a lottery.
Warp co-founder Steve Beckett was fairly excited on hearing about Aphex Twin’s return: “No fucking way! Fuck me sideways,” were his words, apparently.
James has robots in his studio: “This guy called God [Godfried-Willem Raes] made me some drum robots recently. I’ve been playing with those, and it’s totally fucking awesome, the best toy imaginable.”
Like us mere mortals, he struggles with power supplies on trains: “When I came up to London to do press, I thought, ‘Oh, I can go on the train and make some music on the way up.’ I didn’t have any power sockets to plug anything into, so that didn’t work out so good. I’m going to make sure that they have sockets in the one on the way back.”
It doesn’t sound as if he’ll be playing live any time soon: “I’ve just done it too many times. I mean, I might get weak if someone offers me a stupid-money gig, maybe. But I like to think at the moment I won’t say yeah.”
James doesn’t have a mobile phone: “They’re just not good for anything. They’re handy for loads of stuff, but I can’t think of anything that’s better because you’ve got them. I think there’s a risk of people becoming zombies with Facebook and social media. It’s really awful, that side of things.”