Aphex Twin hasn’t released a full-length album since Drukqs in 2001. Now that his logo has mysteriously popped up on a blimp in London and on the sidewalks of New York, many are speculating that Richard D. James is up to something. NME reported that a lime green blimp with stylized 2014 written on one side, with the Aphex Twin arrow logo in place of the 0, appeared above Oval Space in Hackney, London. Apparently the same logo has popped up on the sidewalk outside of the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The last thing that experimentalist Richard D. James released was Caustic Window, released earlier this year through a Kickstarter campaign of all ways. In 2010, he told FactMag that he has about 6 completed albums, “two are very non-commercial, abstract, modular-synthesis, field recordings… another one is ‘Melodies From Mars‘, there’s one of stuff I won’t go into; a [compilation] of old tracks. Which is never really finished and always changing; and then one I’m working on now. There are also loads of tracks which don’t belong anywhere.” Other than these comments, not much has come out of the cryptic electronic composer. His last string of live appearances was in 2012. Keep in mind that this is an artist who’s also recorded under numerous pseudonyms: James has recorded as Blue Calx, Bradley Strider, Brian Tregaskin, Caustic Window, The, Smojphace, GAK, Karen Tregaskin, Patrick Tregaskin, Martin Tressider, Polygon Window, Power-Pill, Q-Chastic, Dice Man, and Soit-P.P. So while Aphex Twin hasn’t released much in recent years, who knows what his alter egos have been up to.
It’s unclear what these mysterious logo sightings really mean for Aphex Twin, though they are a brilliant marketing tactic. They may signify a new album to be released this year (hence the 2014), but with no comments from the artist himself or his label, Rephlex Records, we can’t say for sure.