Boomkat Product Review:
Uwe Zahn, aka Arovane, has been one of the most influential characters in the electronic music scene over the last few years. His classic ‘Tides’ album was not only the first full-length release on the City Centre Offices label (and a huge influence on the label‘s roster) but is also often cited as one of the key electronic music releases of the last decade. After 4 long years, arovane finally returns."Lilies" is a follow-up to "Tides" in every sense, exploring a trip to japan and drawing on shimmering textures and the sort of melodies that you might need some time to recover from. There's a hugely evocative sense to these tracks, emotionally driven, free of complexity or conceit, piano melodies providing the central focus for a twilight cascade of light that seems perfect for the Tokyo skyline - just as the sun sets. It's an album that radiates warmth and vulnerability, fusing the technological might at the heart of each track (and at the heart of the city) with an age-old understanding that certain echoes of sound, small melodic changes and cushioned lullabies can imprint sounds on your mind like childhood memories - remembered forever. Like a dreamlike score, or maybe even an alternate soundtrack to "Lost in Translation" - the sort of music that intertwines with images and stays in your mind indefinately. After coming back from tokyo and completing the production of "lilies", Arovane disassembled his studio in his big flat in an old building in berlin's prenzlauerberg district and stored it away in boxes. He needs a break from making music now. Who knows how long for. Gorgeous.