Following on from the release of the extraordinary ‘Syro’, Richard D. James offers up another release under the Aphex Twin moniker, ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2′. The new releases comprises some of James’ most experimental electronic tracks, all of which cover a wide range of styles and of very varying length. The new EP seems to come across as a little bonus for those who enjoyed the release of ‘Syro’ so much, though it’s offering seems to be in a much different vein to the comeback album of last year. There’s some enjoyable elements to the EP, though this doesn’t seem to be Richard D. James at his best.
‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2’ seems to follow different paths to its predecessor, and instead shows us a much different slant to Richard D. James and his approach to composition. Much of the album is dominated by short tracks lasting less than a minute, each showcasing an experimental style in terms of what can be achieved through the use of computers. There’s many enjoyable elements to the EP, though it’s successes don’t seem to be achieved though one cohesively structured musical experience. At times, ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2′ seems to be quite a challenge to listen through, and one that doesn’t seem to offer as much enjoyment as some of James’ previous experimental notions. There is great amount of talent here, though not as glaringly obvious as some of James’ best work.
Those expecting a true follow up to last year’s ‘Syro’ might find ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2’ to be a rather disappointing release. There’s some great tracks being presented by the talented artist, though it doesn’t seem to quite reach the same heights as one might be expecting. Those going into the EP with a mindset that allows for the sheer amount of experimentation being presented might find the EP to be a very enjoyable release. There’s some great ideas being presented here, and some little hints and snippets of great techniques, ones that could hopefully evolve into fully-formed tracks that will surely astound and amaze.
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Aphex Twin’s latest release ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt.2’ is out now.