After a break of 9 years, Arovane returned to the world of recordstores in 2013 with Ve Palor. Now he is confirming his return with Aarlepeers, which, as far as we know, will be a continuation of the soultouching IDM we’ve grown accustomed to -- but perhaps with a little more bite, a bit sharper corners.
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IDM, I miss you. You and your obnoxious genre tag and frenzied percussive onslaught. Actually do I? I guess the worst thing that happened to it was the same thing that happened to most genres - self-indulgent musical joyriders taking the surface elements and regurgitating them without any unique edge or feeling. Presumably this is why producers and originators such as Arovane come back into the game after 9 years or so, because they might be the only ones with any robust ideas.
The Aarlenpeers EP is half in the former and half in the latter camp. The A side is a whirlwind of chopped glitch perc while emotional chords sing away their syrupy song in the background. Unfortunately the chords take the centre stage, causing the drums to actually stand in the way rather than enhance the experience - it’s closer to IDM for IDM heads only, playing it too close to the comfort zone of the style. Flip it over and you’ve got invigorating flexes of rhythm, with phrases that vary constantly but still with a really driving underlying groove. There’s barely a hint of melody anywhere, in its place a barrage of atonal shrieks and distortion. Side B is a great example of what IDM can be in 2015 - not pure showmanship - so learn from this, side A.
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