Richard David James aka Aphex Twin, the perpetually enigmatic and eternally ingenious electronic music savant is at it again and keeps everyone guessing with his latest offering ‘Cheetah’—a lean yet mean 7-song EP. It is by design slower and for the lack of a better term, ‘leaner’ than his previous offerings but that’s not really a bad thing in the grand scheme of things.
In fact ‘Cheetah’, might as well be one of Aphex Twin’s most immersive albums to date–with the help of some really good speakers or headphones that is. The torpid, almost deliberate tempos give way to rich tunings and textured timbres. The result: A trippy yet satisfying piece of electronic music that is easy to chew on and digest even for casual fans.
‘Cheetah’ builds up slow with its opening tracks with CHEETAHT2 [Ld spectrum] and CHEETAHT7b. Both are obviously similar as far as the core material is concerned but are glaringly different when it comes to the emotions they evoke. The former is more ambient and introspective while the latter is funkier and much more upbeat. The subsequent tracks CHEETA1b ms800, CHEETA2 ms800, CIRKLON3 [ Kolkhoznaya mix ] and CIRKLON 1 keep the momentum going and ride the snappy electronic sound wave deftly until ‘Cheetah’ closes with a dance-friendly bonus track, ‘2X202-ST5’—as it should be.
‘Cheetah’ is a minimalist yet immersive, effectively reflective and thoroughly satisfying album. It is further proof that when it comes to art and particularly in music, ‘less is indeed more’.
Check out Aphex Twin’s music video for CIRKLON3 [ Kolkhoznaya mix ], his first video creation in over 17 years! You’re welcome!