Aphex Twin - Collapse EP

by paul_guyet Rating:9 Release Date:2018-09-14
Aphex Twin - Collapse EP
Aphex Twin - Collapse EP

Richard D. James is not human.
Richard D. James is made of sound.
Richard D. James is with you every time you listen to his music.

I’m always delightfully shocked at how James can keep digging around in the same toolbox he’s utilized for decades and, every time, come back with something fresh and interesting. Cutting right to the point: he did it again with Collapse.

Far less laid back than 2016’s Cheetah, the EP opens with “T69 collapse”, which feels familiar until it punches you in the face…which also kind of feels familiar…before it goes back to smoothing things over. "1st 44” seems to move at two different speeds, which could potentially destroy one’s mind if they focused on that fact too long. Listeners are advised merely to take it in and enjoy the dark compulsions behind it. "MT1 t29r2” really goes to some unexpected places…like a fae dream palace where there happens to be a vintage pinball exhibit. "abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & a 909]” is a bit more sedate, which provides a welcome respite. The closer, “pthex” contains shades of “Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount”, specifically that sound gapping (for lack of a better term) where the silence between beats seems to be weaponized and assaults the ears when experienced on headphones.

While not as adventurous as Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2 or 2001’s epic Drukqs, Collapse is, somehow, both classic, old school Aphex and completely new and invigorated. For a lesser artist, this would be an accomplishment, but like I said, Richard D. James is not a human and therefore cannot be held to such standards.

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