January 27, 2010

Polygon Window - Surfing on Sine Waves (1992)

Another alias of Richard James, this album set the standard for early electronic/ambient techno. The title track "Polygon Window"'s haunting melody with the legendary acid lead is enough to make you want to pick this up. Many different styles on this album, ranging from breakbeat, techno, ambient, acid, industrial...nearly every genre of electronic music at that point in time. The main difference between this album and Aphex Twin's 1992 album Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is the atmosphere; Surfing on Sine Waves is full of dark and broody tones (the ambient brother of Drukqs (2001), if you will), unlike the chord progressions of SAW 85-92. An incredible display of his talent, and a must-listen for fans of Aphex.

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