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Selected Ambient Works 85-92

by Aphex Twin

Released November 9, 1992 via Apollo Records

Reviewed November 19, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Xtal (90%), Ageispolis (40%), We Are the Music Makers (33%)

The debut album from Richard D. James, AKA Aphex Twin, came at an invigorating crossroads in the progression of electronic music. A space in time where possibilities seemed infinite. One turn of a knob in a different direction or the use of a new piece of kit and a whole world awaited on the other side; the early 90's reverberated with potential and a formidable feeling of latent prospect. Aphex Twin's career spans a number of decades, and with it a number of significant sounds and genre-defining feats. A cornerstone of the electronic landscape, Selected Ambient Works defines itself through the act of exuding a quiet confidence. No bells or whistles are required to strike gold; soothing persistence knows that what will be, will be. Shy, but certain. It's only a matter of time. SAW 85-92 has a soft and circular feel to its being. Existing in an aerosphere of whirring inertia, it captures a sonic realm that not many projects have since, or before. The liminal space that this record traverses is one of reverenced regard. Held up to the light, it's about as pure an experience as electronic music has to offer. – Peter (9.5/10)

Ben (Synth): 10/10 | Jared: 10/10 | Peter: 9.5/10 | Dominick: 9/10 | Cam: 9/10


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