German electronic musician/producer Uwe Zahn just seemed to shut up shop after the lovely Lilies – a decade ago. He packed up his Arovane nom-de-plume and took a ride. Literally, it turns out. Heading off on his bike to take a break.
So that made the discovery of Ve Palor – his first work in nearly ten years – a real treat. For I had forgotten all about him. Even though, a decade back his music was as important to me as all of those important discoveries like Boards of Canada, Luke Vibert, Squarepusher, Autechre and the all important Selected Ambient Works of Aphex Twin; so much a gateway drug.
Arovane’s music has that liquid crackle and crunch to it, late night comedown music for digital souls – a form of digital soul music even.
And Ve Palor is a mix of new ideas and leftover pieces from around the time of Lilies, and, I’m guessing, any aborted follow-up.
So it’s a case of just falling back into the familiar, being carried away by the floating groove, a form of ambient music with just enough of a pulse to it, just enough hints of the glitching, shuffling sounds that fill in the space around the ambient textures.
At 83 minutes long it is too long for me a lot of the time – it’s best served in half-measures. I drink in what I can take, have a break, come back to it. Other times I’ll leave this on while working and barely notice it – in the best possible way – until it’s very near the end.
There’s a lot here and like the latest Four-Tet album it’s something of a headphone masterpiece.
It’s a welcome return then, to an old favourite from another time. And it was a happy reminder. So Ve Palor brings with it a return trip to Lilies, to Tides also and to the Luke Viberts and Autechres of that world too.