Within all the craziness surrounding the highly anticipated album 1989 , cartoonist David Rees dropped an eight track album that matches up Taylor Swift with Aphex Twin. Dubbed Aphex Swift, it tampers with what we thought could never be possible: a country-pop princess melds with a synth master. Of course Swift needs no introduction, she's everywhere the past two weeks, releasing songs left and right. Meanwhile, you may remember Aphex Twin aka Richard D. James from such people as: your eccentric artsy boyfriend in 2007, your friend's eccentric artsy boyfriend in 2007, or Salad Fingers.
Why exactly has this marriage been brought together? Rees wrote on his Tumblr that, "I actually think Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) and Taylor Swift have a lot in common besides their songwriting talents — or, at least, they each have characteristics more commonly associated with the other. " Particularly, Rees cited the words behind Swifts love songs and the speechless, calm, romantic sound of Aphex Twin as the common denominator between the two artists. Essentially, Swift, in her own hyper feminine way, writes songs that make her emotions clear as crystal, while James represents a more masculine angle in hiding his feelings. So essentially, the songs primarily utilize Swift's girlish vocals with Aphex Twin beats to prove Rees' thesis: "Aphex Twin is as big of a romantic cornball as Taylor Swift." Brilliant.
Does it always work? Hellz to the no. Just listening to the opening track "T4ouble," which could theoretically blend smoothly due to the dub step drop in "I Knew You Were Trouble," makes me feel legitimately dizzy.
That aside this is far from revolutionary as a concept. Girl Talk has made a whole career on releasing mash-up albums, while Dangermouse mixed The Beatles' White Album with Jay-Z's Black Album to create the mash-up masterpiece The Grey Album. And who can forget the time that DJ Arique released a remix Daft Punk's Random Access with Strong Bad's hit song, "Come on Fhqwhgads"? I mean, there's putting two songs together, and then there's artistry.
So overall, it's not the best of it's kind, and does it beat the Swift versus Lion King remix from the past few days? No, of course not, nothing ever will. But it remains an interesting, intriguing, and timely combo. Whether it's softening Swift's "You Belong With Me" with the backdrop of "Avril 14,"or splicing "Why You Gotta Be So Mean" with "Flim" to sound like glitchy elevator music, I think it's fair to say that Rees has succeeded in bringing the two musicians together.
But of course, that's my opinion. Feel free to listen below and make your own judgements!
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