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Surfing on Sine Waves
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Culled from the seminal Artificial Intelligence series, this was the debut release on Warp from Richard James, aka Aphex Twin. Surfing... sounds as refreshing today as it did almost a decade ago. This re-issue has two prev... more »
Culled from the seminal Artificial Intelligence series, this was the debut release on Warp from Richard James, aka Aphex Twin. Surfing... sounds as refreshing today as it did almost a decade ago. This re-issue has two previously unreleased tracks 'Portreath Harbour' and 'Redruth School'. Standard jewel case. 2001 release.
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Rinchen Choesang | Melbourne, Australia | 12/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Richard D James Album" releases for this 'punter'. It is almost worth 4 and 1/2 stars - as is the 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92' Aphex Twin album.
As far as standout tracks go:
1) 'Polygon Window' - is a great first track, pretty laid back for RDJ
2) 'Audax Powder' - has a great jaunty vibe and is equal to the best tracks on the Aphex Twin albums mentioned above
3) 'Quoth' - was a forerunner of the driven 'punchy, syncopated beats' style perfected by Autechre and seen elsewhere in the RDJ ouevre. Great track!
5) 'Supremacy II' - another Ae precursor, this track sizzles!
6) 'UT1-dot' - another jaunty romp, with a 'spacy' development
7) untitled - insistent and 'in your face', constantly seeming to build to an unconsummated climax, brilliantly dissolving into nothingness. One of my favourite RDJ tracks and like another reviewer said, by far the best on this album
8) 'Quixote' - more spacy, spooky and chilled out, a great foil to Track 7
10) 'Redruth School' - bright, bouncy and buoyant - beautiful!
For me, this album has an 'innocence' missing in much of the later RDJ ouevre. I find a lot of his music a bit too clever, bordering on pretentious at times. There is often is a lack of an emotional core for me, which is a pity, 'cos he has a prodigious talent! 'Sine Waves' is a highpoint in Richard D James' career, along with the 'Selected Ambient...' album mentioned above.
This is an excellent album and is well worth its modest cost!