Aphex Twin
Windowlicker


3.0
good

Review

by Killtacular USER (34 Reviews)
September 24th, 2005 | 51 replies | 24,392 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Aphex Twin is known for his quick, breakbeat filled songs. It hasn't always been this way, though. After stinting as a DJ and producing acid techno, his first album was a landmark album in "intelligent dance music," and his second full-length was a venture into the minimalist world of ambient. For his next release, the Come to Daddy EP, he returned to his speedy techno and strange effects with songs that were just as creepy as they were dance-able. This is a follow up of sorts to that. It continues the general sound of the previous EP and expands upon it a little.

The songs here are very busy and, I can imagine, painstakingly programmed. There's several instances of voice samples being used, often times distorted or under the influence of some other type of effect. The title track, Windowlicker opens with a slow pulsing type of voice, and leads into a drum beat that Richard is so good at. In the following few seconds, there's a lot going on. Things jut about, and enter and leave just as fast. There's also lots more voices to come in, mainly himself repeating the syllable "dun" and some lady vocals (both naughty noises, and just background singing). For the remainder he just sort of diddles around with various electronic sounds and other some such doo-hickies. The song changes several times throughout, and close to the end, switches to a grating industrial sound, reminiscent of the first track on Come to Daddy. The second track's title is a giant mathmatical equation. Since it's not really pronouncable, this is known as Equation. It, too, is rather frantic and meticulously programmed. Imagine giving a monkey some crack, and putting him in a room full of buttons where every button makes a different sound. That's sort of what this sounds like, except with a beat behind it. I'm not saying it's bad by any means, but that's about the only way I can describe it. It changes more times to count, and has that sort of "Aphex" sound to it. Windowlicker ends with Nannou, a throwback to his Selected Ambient Works. This song mostly consists of samples of wind-up music boxes, and a clicking type beat. It's very well constructed, and unlike most of his later ambient works, it's actually fairly upbeat and happy.

Fans of Aphex Twin would find it of their interest to pick this up. It is an EP, after all, and it should be cheap. The material within isn't really over the top, as far as quality goes. But it does sound like Mr. James, and I suppose, if you wanted to, you could play it loud and dance about like a maniac to it. The last track is a nice touch, and helps to give it a more diverse sound, rather than sticking that that acid-techno sound throughout. This is far from his best work, but still, isn't bad. So go ahead and check this out, but just make sure you don't expect something mind-blowing.


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Zebra
Moderator
September 24th 2005



2647 Comments


Good review. I have yet to pick this up but if I find it I'll probably buy it.

pulseczar
September 24th 2005



2385 Comments


I bought this EP after hearing some songs on the radio, and seeing this in a record store for like 6 bucks used. Aphex Twin has a nice rack

Neoteric
September 24th 2005



3243 Comments


Boobies.This Message Edited On 10.17.06

Killtacular
September 24th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Close. Equation.

Jawaharal
September 24th 2005



1832 Comments


yay! Aphex Twin

loathed
September 25th 2005



174 Comments


..."nice" cover art...thats gross as fuck

Damrod
Moderator
September 25th 2005



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Windowlicker is one of my favorite Aphex Twin tracks. Good stuff. But taking the price of EPs into consideration, I think this is not a good deal for the money (only three tracks). Anyways, Windowlicker is a fantastic track IMO, and the others are good stuff as well.

Just rating, and nice review, I like it. :thumb:

3/5 from me as well

Neoteric
November 19th 2005



3243 Comments


Okay so I listened to Windowlicker and that song is cree-py. I thought Come To Daddy and that hilarious video was creepy but this is like a song is getting played backwards. It honestly sounds like that.This Message Edited On 01.02.07

Esp Griffyn
January 4th 2007



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Windowlicker is just such a tune, amazing one to dance to.
Nannou is a fantastic track too. Im not so fond of Equation though, but Windowlicker in particular makes this worth the asking price alone!

Two-Headed Boy
June 14th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The last minute and a half of "Windowlicker" are probably the best in electronica I've heard to date.

LordSalohcin21
March 20th 2009



126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

windowlicker is fucking awesome. especially when blasting it on princeton radio and like 1 in the morning and having a car of fellow students pull up next to you at the red light yelling "is that the fucking song from grandma's boy?"

TRMshadow
February 20th 2010



4982 Comments


This album cover both creeps me out and gives me a hard on at the same time.

Prophet178
March 30th 2010



6397 Comments


Does it scare you? ...No I just don't like techno.

EnCrypt.
April 5th 2010



882 Comments


its called a butterface

AnotherBrick
July 15th 2010



9770 Comments


http://www.bastwood.com/aphex.php

GNGBNG
July 15th 2010



66 Comments


cool find where'd you hear about tihs

Tulannical
August 23rd 2010



2051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

greatest music video ever

Mordecai.
August 23rd 2010



8277 Comments


yah

Ovrot
May 4th 2011



10490 Comments


fuck yeah

ferociouslettuce
November 20th 2011



195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this fucking album. this fucking album



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