Happy Taylor Swift Day! The pop star’s fifth LP—and it is certainly her poppiest—dropped today. But if 1989‘s radio-ready approach isn’t for you, there might still be a way to enjoy Swift’s fantastic voice.
Enter cartoonist David Rees and his new “Aphex Swift” project, available on SoundCloud now. Rees mixed some of Swift’s most iconic vocals with beats by British electronic pioneer Aphex Twin to create something that’ll tickle any indie nut with a guilty-pleasure penchant for pop. Laid over the mournful “Avril 14th”—an Aphex Twin song tailor-made for devastating confessionals—”You Belong With Me” takes on a gorgeously haunting character. If you can recover from the devastation, crank “Starlightlicker,” which introduces Swift to Aphex Twin’s highest-charting song, 1999’s “Windowlicker.” The results inspire dreams of a Daft Punk-Taylor Swift collaboration.
How’d Rees get the idea? “I am a big fan of both these artists,” Rees wrote in a Tumblr post. “I think they’ve each written some thrilling pop hooks and their production is amazing.” He goes on to outline a two-part thesis: “Aphex Twin is as big a romantic cornball as Taylor Swift” and “Taylor Swift is as scary as Aphex Twin.”
Those qualities shine, but the tracks are also just a hell of a lot of fun. Try not to crack up—or, you know, just go ahead and smirk freely—when you hear “You would hide away and find your piece of mind/With some indie record that’s much cooler than mine” placed over a beat by one of music’s most notorious underground innovators.
Swift fan, Aphex fan, neither, or both, give the playlist a shot: