He had an angular guitar style that I thought was great and quite original for the time. His music and lyrics were playful while being dark and unpredictable – nervous, in a sense, is a good word for it. He had a strikingly original nature, very few rounded edges, and full of distinct character.
I often talk about single malts with my musician friends, and how I admire some distilleries that do not compromise their bold & individual character for the sake of mass acceptance. In relating this to music, Syd was certainly distinctive, and possessing many intriguing subtleties, but not necessarily accessible to all. It’s as if he were a long lost silent still, know for being strongly original in character (while being influential on others to come), and has just ran out of the last remaining stock, never to be bottled again.