Syro is the sixth studio album by Aphex Twin, the alias of British electronic musician Richard D. James, released on 19 September 2014 on Warp. It was James’s first album under the Aphex Twin name since Drukqs (2001). […]
Syro’s cover artwork was designed by the Designers Republic, a graphic design studio that provided designs for previous Aphex Twin releases, including the 1999 single “Windowlicker” and the compilation album 26 Mixes for Cash. The cover art resembles a receipt, with the official Aphex Twin logo and album title printed upon it. According to Creative Review, the receipt on the album cover details the production and promotional costs of Syro, “from courier charges to photoshoot expenses, expressed per disc and tailored for both vinyl and CD versions.”
Ian Anderson, the founder of the Designers Republic, noted that the final concept for the album cover was conceived after receiving a number of suggestions from James. Among James’ other suggestions for the album’s packaging was “the idea of pressing the album or a single track into the fabric of the cover, effectively as a deboss”, or using various images of the raw vinyl pucks from which all copies of Syro are pressed. These suggestions were implemented into Syro’s final LP packaging, with James’ wife Anastasia Rybina credited for additional design and “puckography”.