When you’re dealing with Aphex Twin, you better not going in expecting something easy to swallow. The electronic musician has been challenging the boundaries of electronica and music in general for decades, and he’s not showing any signs of stopping. Aphex Twin’s Collapse EP is as weird as you’d hope, with dynamic and alien atmospheres at hand to keep you entranced.
Collapse is only about half an hour long, but Aphex Twin makes the most of that time by delivering some dynamic tracks. Opening song ‘T69 Collapse‘ brings with it alien sounds that you may find hard to comprehend, which gives you a pretty good sense of what the rest of this record will do to you. It’s full of similar freaky sounds that’ll jumble up your mind and keep you confused, if not even uncomfortable in just the right way. The frantic chaos of ‘1st 44‘ and the disorienting nature of closing track ‘Pthex‘ will really put you into that frame of mind that you won’t really be able to understand what’s coming at you. Hell, you can’t even understand some of the titles (namely ‘abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & A 909]‘), so there’s little hope when the wild, constantly changing atmosphere of ‘MT1 t29r2‘ hit you that' you’ll be expecting it.
Aphex Twin’s Collapse EP is as weird as you’d hope, bringing with it his signature experimentation and challenging atmospheres. It’s not an EP that you can go in and hope to leave with a good frame of mind - it’ll disorient you and take you to some weird places. All the same, it’s an EP that goes to show that pushing boundaries in weird ways does have its quirks, and that there’s a method to Aphex Twin’s madness.
Favorite Track: T69 Collapse
Least Favorite Track: abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & A 909]
Rating: 71 / 100
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