Taylor Swift and Aphex Twin both will have two of the most anticipated albums of the year, but in totally, completely, utterly different realms. Now you can hear them together in a new mashup album created by cartoonist and TV personality David Rees, and somehow combining “Avirl 14th” “You Belong With Me” makes sense.
While sonically and culturally so disparate, Rees has melded them together kind of just because but also kind of to make a point. In a Tumblr post, he explained, “I actually think Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) and Taylor Swift have a lot in common besides their songwriting talents — or, at least, they each have characteristics more commonly associated with the other.”
Rees draws parallels between the artists, stating that under the “impossibly complex, inhuman drum patterns” lot of Aphex Twin’s music is actually super romantic, just like Swift’s.
He also says there’s a “dark side” to Swift that matches Aphex Twin’s: “her incredible poise and superhuman competence are, to me, just as alien and intimidating as Aphex Twin’s photoshopped leering ghoul-faces.”
Listen to it here: