What next, an Aphex Twin logo on a space shuttle and an album announcement buried in NSA databases? A little more than a week ago, Richard D. James teased his first proper album in 13 years by flying an Aphex Twin-branded blimp over London, and he first shared the tracklist via the Deep Web. Now that he has confirmed Syro for release on September 23 via Warp, the “electronic fartist” (to quote from his one-of-a-kind press release) is already looking toward what’s next.
He told The Fader he isn’t stopping with Syro, saying the project got him “kicked into gear” for a new phase of productivity. One track on the LP dates as far back as 2008 or 2007, but much of the material on the album is more recent, according to the interview excerpt. “I’d stockpiled up so much stuff and you can kind of have to draw a line under it somewhere,” James is quoted as saying. “By banging something out it, it’s like the end of the chapter. It properly draws a line under it and allows you to move on.”