The Tuss- For Real Aphex Twin?August 24, 2007
Are bloggers across the country on to something? Somewhat of a mystery has developed concerning the true identity of the Acid Techno group The Tuss. On MySpace there are two different music profiles both of which contain music that could be said to be Richard D James, the reclusive genius behind Aphex Twin and many other pseudonyms. The question being, are The Tuss, Brian Tregaskin, and Karen Tregaskin simply more pseudonyms to list after Aphex Twin. Some might think that RDJ has returned from the dead after a retreat from the public sphere. His Drukqs album recieved mixed reviews some pop-critics saying it was convoluted and flat.
“Much of “Drukqs” sounds like two different albums competing and thus canceling each other out…. An ambitious but ultimately failed experiment.”- Billboard
“The resulting cavalcade of “decent bits” seldom leaves an imprint in your memory, let alone your heart.” -Spin
“Represents a giant leap backwards.”- Mojo
“His most irrelevant album to date: a double CD, thirty-track compendium of indecipherable song titles, gratuitously weird sounds and occasional wisps of ersatz classical piano that are aimlessly pretty.”- Rolling Stone
Is The Tuss RDJ’s attempt to answer whether, after Drukqs, the public will judge him on the content of his work rather than the expectation of his name? To be fair on Brian Tregaskin’s MySpace page he lists, first even, Richard D James as a band member among others (Richard D James, Robbie Martin, Mike Podolak, Brian Tregaskin, Reid William Dunn, Karen Tregaskin).
Certainly, however, there are those who simply say that The Tuss is a new brother-sister act out of Cornwall England, and that RDJ’s only association is that he owns the record label Rephlex. TheTuss’ online offerings are great and I can’t wait to own the record, never mind who is behind it. But I am intrigued as I am sure others are. It is just too Aphex not to be Aphex. I greatly encourage feedback, thoughts, comments, insights, and more information on this topic. While it really isn’t all that important, it is kinda cool to think about. Is there a mad genius holed-up in England somewhere releasing music under other peoples names?
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