Review: Frusciantastic

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I, LIKE most people, will be aware of John Frusciante for his guitar work for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
I also have a passing acquaintance with his solo work – so I thought I knew what to expect when I listened to his new solo EP, Letur-Lefr.
I was wrong.
Opener In Your Eyes sounds like Erasure produced by Aphex Twin, a mangled slice of pop genius, followed by 909 Day, which is dominated by about a minute of epic, anthemic synth.
It then takes another unexpected twist, first into Glowe’s skittering beats and on into hip hop/opera/jungle crossover territory with FM and finally back to the warped pop thing with In My Light.
It’s completely unpredicable throughout, but despite the incessant U-turns it remains ear-bogglingly good for the duration.
5/5

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News: Aphex Twin to conduct orchestra by remote control

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ELECTRONIC god and scary-faced dream-haunter Aphex Twin is to conduct a 28-piece string section and a 12-strong choir – by remote control.
At a special performance at The Barbican in London, the musician is set to team up with The Heritage Orchestra and Choir for the rare performance of his remote conducting stunt.
A venue spokesman said: “We are excited to announce a one-off evening of music from the most influential electronic musician of his generation.
“The show will include the first UK performance of Aphex Twin’s groundbreaking Remote Orchestra concept, plus ‘Interactive Tuned Feedback Pendulum Array’ – a piece which expands on Steve Reich’s ‘Pendulum Music’ – and more.”