Song: Jynweythek Ylow
Band: Aphex Twin
Englishman Richard D. James, otherwise known as Aphex Twin, is a prodigious composer and keyboardist whose contributions to contemporary electronica are immense. This tiny jewel of an instrumental is from the 2001 double-album Drukqs. A spare, winsome melody is given its spectral edge by the percussive, broken piano sound James mines, teases, extends … it’s a lonely, tentative, broken tune finding its persistent strength amidst chaos through repetition and variation. By virtue of its sheer simplicity the piece is wonderfully eloquent. Check out the fan-created video below.