No, but seriously, what are we talking here? Like Drukqs piano melodies, 303 Analord workouts, or Selected Ambient Works? Yeah, exactly. Richard D. James’ catalogue is diverse enough that this statement doesn’t reveal a whole lot. Via Pitchfork:
Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden recorded the whole thing themselves, rather than using a full band, as they did on Congratulations. They told RS that the new songs are influenced by Aphex Twin and house music.
Songs have titles like “Mystery Disease” and “Alien Days”, and there’s also a cover of “Introspection” by the 60s garage band Faine Jade. Ben Goldwasser says the band are “not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it… There’s no illusion on [Columbia Records’] part that that we’re going to turn into a Top 40 band.”
Ok, but maybe Columbia Records are still crossing their fingers just a little bit. I mean, they do have a VEVO account.