Florene vs. Aphex Twin
The procedure: Father Guido Sarducci IV will snatch the first crisp, clean & new mp3 he stumbles upon, listen to it at least once, and then find an old song (ten years or more) for some good old-fashioned compare and contrast. The purpose: To draw a line between the modern and the out-of-date. The premise: To expose the kids to their past while also exposing the past to it’s offspring. Thus, if you like This than you might like That.
“Space Cadets” by Florene vs. “Girl Boy Song” by Aphex Twin
Florene is an experimental, electronic duo from Denton, TX. Said to fall between “Crystal Castles and Animal Collective,” they apparently appeal to jazz fans(?) The song “Space Cadets” comes from the album Homemade Extacy (6/8/10), which unfortunately isn’t their first bad album. It’s not that this song is terrible but while Florene might be one of “Denton’s more popular acts,” I couldn’t fathom a national break-out from this album. They may remind you of Sleigh Bells live, but they’ll need to bring a lot more meaning to their songs before they can be the best show at SXSW.
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Now this is true experimental, electronica! Making music for a quarter century now, Aphex Twin (born Richard David James, in Ireland, 38 years ago) has transcended experimenting with electronic instruments. The man who has more aliases than Daniel Dumile has gone so far as to embed his own face via steganogram into the second track of the “Windowlicker” single which is revealed when run through spectral analysis. “Girl/Boy Song” comes from the Richard D. James Album (11/4/96) and helped Aphex Twin become one of IDM’s most critically praised practitioners.