March 7, 2017
“Like standing in a power station on acid.”
Richard D. James’ second Aphex Twin album Selected Ambient Works Volume II is getting a limited edition repress on triple vinyl, courtesy of US-based imprint 1972.
While thew original was released on Warp in 1994 as the follow up to Selected Ambient Works 85–92, the California label reissued the LP for the United States in 2012, a repress of which is now available once more.
A milestone in Aphex Twin’s feted discography, Volume II was claimed to have been inspired by lucid dreams James had, during which he would attempt to score the sounds in his head, the track titles accompanied with images rather than names.
A gentle, at times deeply unsettling series of soundscapes that has drawn comparison with the likes of Brian Eno and Erik Satie, it has garnered secular reverence unlike anything else in the intervening years.
Ahead of its 23rd anniversary tomorrow, you can order the triple heavyweight vinyl reissue of Selected Ambient Works Volume II here.