Manufacturer: Sub Pop Records
It's been nearly two years since the monumentally successful "Give Up" CD came out. Since then, it's scanned over 350,000 and is currently enjoying sales that are consistently better than any other period during its release. Now comes the vinyl edition, containing a bonus six track EP with the b-sides of both commercially available Postal Service CD singles. Also includes covers by The Shins and Iron & Wine as well as the remixes from "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" single.
No Description Available.Genre: Dance, DJMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 12-APR-1994 British electronics wunderkind Richard James (alias Aphex Twin, AFX, Polygon Window, etc.) claims he heard the compositions on Selected Ambient Works, Volume II in lucid dreams. Like abstract paintings composed of shades of a single color, James's resonant explorations of specific timbres linger close to a central idea on each cut, incorporating just enough variation to remain disturbing. While its predecessor, Selected Ambient Works '85-'92 drew on seven years' worth of material, the uniform quality of these untitled tracks, plus their judicious sequencing, suggests they were assembled over a shorter period. Clocking in at over 150 minutes, the double-disc set (if this is "selected," how many hours of outtakes remain?) provides an exemplary introduction to the quieter facets of James's expansive, idiosyncratic aesthetic. --Kurt B. Reighley
Aphex Twin's 1994 masterpiece Selected Ambient Works Volume II includes barely anything resembling a beat or any sign of typical song structure, yet the album continues to garner adulation generally reserved for holy music. Fans have been testifying on it's behalf for nearly two decades, as if it were capable of curing ills or healing the soul. It's synthetic construction belies the intuitive, human, melancholic and uplifting nature of the music. Some have speculated the album was intended by Aphex Twin's Richard D. James as a farce, as if it's uber-minimalism was a joke played on an electronic community that relied so heavily on the beat; an expectation-defying statement from ambient-house's young hero. The album induces varied responses and often from the same person. A listener may go from being incredulous to drenched in tears within the span of a single track. Music critic Frank Owen described the music as "veering between an eerie beauty and an almost nightmarish desolation." James himself described it as "like standing in a power station on acid." the album's raw emotional power is built upon the influences of Brian Eno, Erik Satie, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and the Orb. Each of it's tracks has an elegiac and desolate feel far removed from the tooth-rattling, drill-'n'-bass or abstract electronica for which James was originally known. The soft, nimble flow leaves one in a tranquilized state. Throughout the album, James resists the temptation to layer the sound with beats or samples. Instead, he relies on swathes of sound and harmonics and almost-implied pulses. When the music does incorporate subtle industrial sounds, rhythmic drums or muted samples, it is only to affect a menacing feel in the textures. Remarkably, for an album that is often perceived as difficult, Selected Ambient Works Volume II is quite accessible. Featured in films, commercials and video games, the music continues to offer an entry point for listeners new to the ambient genre while remaining a classic touted by connoisseurs.
Yes! It's happening! The most frequently-asked question by fans of Warp Records (besides, ''When is the next Aphex Twin record'') is ''When are you reissuing the Boards of Canada catalog on vinyl?''.....well - we're very happy to announce, that for the first time since the original releases, Warp is reissuing three of the most seminal LPs from our catalog, and widely considered some of the most important releases in electronic music history. Each reissue has been painstakingly produced with the fans in mind, from original DAT tapes and vinyl metal work, with incredibly matched prints and exclusive stickers included in each LP. ALL information about these vinyl reissues is available at: www.boardsofcanada.com, but see the Selling Points and Format section below for a few key specifics. The three Warp EPs will be reissued on wax in November as well. MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN: Packaging: 140 gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve with white polyvinyled inner sleeve, download card and special sticker.
Atoms for Peace is Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker, and Flea. They came together by playing in support of Thom's Grammy nominated album The Eraser. The got a big buzz from those shows and discovered loads of energy from transforming the music from electronic to live, so they carried on for a few days in the studio and decided to make it a loose, on-going thingâ€¦ since everyone in the band has a day job as well.
Atoms for Peace is Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker, and Flea. They came together by playing in support of Thom's Grammy nominated album The Eraser. The got a big buzz from those shows and discovered loads of energy from transforming the music from electronic to live, so they carried on for a few days in the studio and decided to make it a loose, on-going thingâ€¦ since everyone in the band has a day job as well. The standard edition 2xLP plays at 45rpm and includes a MP3 download of the entire album.