While it has been more than a decade since we last got new original music from the elusive, indescribably influential Richard D. James bka Aphex Twin, today we get something pretty close. As previously announced, Aphex Twin’s unreleased 1994 album Caustic Window surfaced online as a vinyl test pressing, which the owner was selling for $13,500. After striking a deal with extremely dedicated fan forum We Are The Music Makers, James, and James’ label, a Kickstarter was set up that would provide backers with a digital copy of the 70-minute album. Now that time has come, and the album is already available on Youtube. My immediate impression is it’s a pretty fascinating record, acting almost like a stepping stone from the ambient techno of SAW 80-92, but starting to resemble the sound design and timbres of Richard D. James Album. Listen to all of Caustic Window below.
The only physical copy of Caustic Window is now up for auction on eBay with proceeds going to James and a charity chosen by WATMM. Check that out right here.