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- Ve Palor by Arovane
10/10 Ian Staff review, 14 November 2013
It seems strange that after creating the electronic masterpiece that was ‘Lilies’ back in 2004, Uwe Zahn (aka Arovane) almost gave up music entirely and rode off into the sunset on his motorbike. Well fear not glitch fans, he finally found himself back in the studio and has created this magical collection of tracks, some of which were pieced together from ideas he had way back in 2002 spliced neatly with more recent experiments in electronic sound.
‘Ve Palor’ sounds like he’s never been away. With all the lush melodies and bubbling glitch of ‘Lilies’ sitting nicely next to Autechre style IDM, it’s the album he should’ve released as the follow up to ‘Lilies’ but hey, what’s a few years (9 actually!) to friends eh?.
Standout tracks are definitely ‘Scaabl’, which has the most beautiful distant synth sound over a rhythmic sequenced melody, and ‘c ll lt’ takes us straight back to ‘Amber’ era Autechre, back in the day when Booth and Brown were making actual tunes. This is a fantastic listen from start to finish from a sadly underrated artist and with other IDM/electronica musicians like Boards Of Canada, Oneohtrix and Ulrich Schnauss all coming out with great music this year, lets hope ‘Ve Palor’ gets Arovane noticed enough for people to realise he should be up there as one of the leading forces in the genre.
9/10 Kbeard Customer review, 12th March 2014
Uwe Zahn likes his breaks between releases from travelling around with his aledged 'studio in a suitcase' ( hence Lilies being written in a hotel room in Japan, Tides being written on his first trip to a beach) and the 9yrs between this LP and his last 'Lilies' shows him reverting back to his roots of E.P's such as 'Cycliph' & 'Icon Diston' and the album 'Atol Scrap' but this LP is more focused and precise even if it is made of pieces of unreleased ideas. Think of this album as a natural precursor to Autechre's 'LP5' but with the subtle melodies of 'Tides'; the beats take the lead, being crisp, precise and not as abstract, while the clicks & glitches weave in among the barely-there melodies. A beautiful album that harks back to the golden age of IDM and shows that Arovane is timeless..ageless even.
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