Aphex Twin: Syro

Luscious, bubbly synths and rhythm machines, with wonderful moments of the calculatedly off-kilter intonation that I associate with Adult. Everything is warm and enveloping, and the music rewards careful, repeated listening.

The minimal cover art is a musicians’ lament: A listing of the 12 tracks and their tempos in beats per minute, followed by a litany of hundreds of marketing and travel expenses denominated in hundreds of thousandths of GBP — underscoring their relative importance. An inner sleeve includes the “disinfographic” listing all the musical instruments. I’m glad that my collection of effects units is relatively tiny...

High points: Every track is beautiful, but my favorite is “produk 29” for its thump and warbly waves of melody.

Written and produced by Richard D. James.