You know the old saying? You wait 13 years for a new Aphex Twin album then three show up at once! Well to be fair, Richard D. James was rarely completely quiet in his absence with a host of pseudonyms allowing him to sneak out new music without undoing the mystique behind the Aphex Twin brand and its curious post-Drukqs silence. 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP' is the swift follow up to 2014's 'Syro' (nobody is quite sure what happened to pt1 but esoteric naming conventions are to be expected in this territory).
The latest output of this prolific period in Aphex history appears to be an expansion of his previous work concentrating on his use of midi-controlled instruments, such as the Disklavier (a highly complex midi controlled piano) used extensively on James' previous works including the well known and much borrowed 'Avril 14th' which appeared on 2001's 'Drukqs'. It's a very different album to 'Syro' and 'Drukqs', surprisingly accessible and undeniably jazz-like in some of its structures, though the jazz pianist here is not limited by the puny 10 fingers and organic nervous system that comes as standard on human instrument operators. Its opening track, 'diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13' sounds like James' is rescoring Lalo Schifrin's Dirty Harry, conjuring up dark remixed images of Clint Eastwood chasing down the Zodiac Killer. It's thrilling stuff.
'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2' is everything that the music consuming public has come to expect from Aphex Twin. It's brave, beautiful, unpredictable, unnerving and ahead of the game.
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