Let’s get back on track. I was hoping Syro would take the same trajectory as Drukqs (but no such chance). Like a capuchin attempting to climb the monkey puzzle, Drukqs was a true sonic conundrum for me when I first played it and was for many repeated plays. I was simply bamboozled by the light-years ahead genius of Aphex trickery.
I’m not sure if younger listeners nowadays, with every track and album ready to play at the touch of a mouse understand the concept of the ‘slow burner’ an album that takes many months, sometimes years to reveal their true glory. For me I think the Joy Division albums took a long while to like (not sure why….) and I’m trying to rack my brains and think up others but it doesn’t matter because Drukqs is the master of slow burners. Even this spring I decided to sit with this album and ‘listen’ even more. And yes of course more deep Aphexian magic was revealed. I can’t believe now, looking back and thinking about my initial reaction to Drukqs this is my favourite Aphex Twin album. But it is. I guess it would be ultra cool to hear some tracks that never made the final cut.
I remember Ivan Ooze saying something about Drukqs and ‘feels like dying in a corner at a rave’. Which is a way to describe some of the sounds on here, but even the more savage tracks are cloaked in bristling, potent darkness. Anyway I’ve ran out of steam myself. No more words.