I was never much into electronic music, although some of my friends were. However in the last 5 years I've been really trying to expose myself to as many different genres as possible, pushing the limits of my own comfort and trying to stretch out my tastes.
Aphex Twin was someone who'd I heard in the past, and whose music I was exposed to was very violent. Mostly I'd seen the "Come to Daddy" and "Windowlicker" music videos, both of which were like watching the inside of someone's nightmare.
But I would eventually listen to Aphex Twin accidentally when I was listening to The Avalanches album "After the Goldrush" where once again a fast paced Aphex Twin song was mixed and matched with their own music. But this time I couldn't stop listening, and it got in my head.
Eventually I sought out the album the song came from, and found the album "Drukqs". Wow. Just this album literally made me an Aphex Twin fan for life. There are so many interweaving sounds and rhythms (and non-rhythms). It's just an amazing thing to hear. It is like listening to clockwork computers who have feelings.
This song, Avril 14th, is one that puts together this sort of automated piano playing machine sound. There is a beautiful core and then things slowly get added to it and finally rhythmically come back to the core.
Earlier on Hubski, I'd talked about my love of Erik Satie's gymnopedies and this song really reminds me of something Satie would have done. I would highly suggest while listening to simply put on some headphones and give yourself a quiet space. Good listening!