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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Lichen


It is a truth universally acknowledged, as Jane Austen never said, that Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 isn't a patch on Volume 1. It's difficult admittedly to gauge what Jane Austen might have made of Aphex Twin- he is entirely outside her cultural frames of reference and doesn't wear breeches. However it is also a truth that every Aphex Twin album contains at least one moment of genius (and I don't chuck the word genius around very often). The moment of beauty genius on Selected Ambient Works 2 is this...

Untitled 20 (Lichen)

As an album Selected Ambient Works 2 seems to take delight in being even more obtuse than usual. The songs, twenty four of them on the cd edition and one more on the vinyl, are all called Untitled except for track thirteen, Blue Calx. Each track had a corresponding image. Track 20's corresponding image is Lichen. The gently ascending synth chords, slightly wobbling at the edge of distortion, the ever so slighty downbeat turn at just after two minutes, the return of the ascending chords with some crackle, to the fade out are all fucking magical.

7 comments:

The Swede said...

I had a VERY late night last night. I'm not sure this is the most appropriate tune to be playing this morning, when I feel this knackered, but it surely is a beaut.

JC said...

"It's difficult admittedly to gauge what Jane Austen might have made of Aphex Twin- he is entirely outside her cultural frames of reference and doesn't wear breeches."

that made me snort so loud that a work colleague looked across with a look of concern on her face. The Moz biopic scriptwriters should have called on your talents.

Swiss Adam said...

ha! Thanks JC.

Michael Doherty said...

I love Lichen but Cliffs, Rhubarb and Blue Calyx are as utterly sublime as it. There's a gorgeous 17 min version of Lichen up on the old tinternet consisting of it slowed down quite a bit.

Swiss Adam said...

Agreed Michael- I should have said that Lichen isn't the only sublime moment.

Jake Sniper said...

All I can say is that i agree with all of the above. I saw DJ Food selecting Aphex Twin at the weekend (Kelburn Garden Party) it was a very good selection.

Michael Doherty said...

Food has a great eclectic taste in his mixes.