Two years ago, acclaimed electronic artist Aphex Twin, the stage name for Richard David James, released his first studio album since 2001. The album “Syro” was a critical success, landing on Pitchfork’s top 5 albums of 2014 list and winning a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic album. Since then, Aphex Twin has released two EPs — “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2” in 2015 and “Cheetah” in 2016 — and will soon play his first show in the United States in over eight years.
To promote that show, Aphex Twin has released a brief video that stars distorted, pitched-up versions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each spouting talking points. The video also features distorted clips from John Badham’s 1983 film “WarGames” and motifs of nuclear war. The video was created by Weirdcore, who has previously made videos for Radiohead, Tame Impala, Miley Cyrus, M.I.A., Jamie Lidell and more. Watch it below.
Aphex Twin first received widespread acclaim with his 1992 debut studio album “Selected Ambient Works 85-92.” He rose to mainstream popularity with his 1997 EP “Come to Daddy” and his 1999 single “Windowlicker.” Earlier this year, Aphex Twin garnered publicity by sharing his first music video in 17 years directed by 12-year-old Irish pre-teen Ryan Wyer.
Aphex Twin will play the Day For Night festival in Houston, Texas, on December 17.