Boomkat Product Review:
Uwe Zahn returns with another weighty slab of waxy ambience that's rooted in his advanced sound design techniques.
Zahn has been prolific in recent years, collaborating with artists like Taylor Deupree, Mike Lazarev and Porya Hatami, and developing a style of composition that links back to his beloved early work without repeating it. 'Sinter' is a set of beatless tracks that don't completely avoid rhythm, but concentrate most on Zahn's obsessive sound design - a key feature of his music since the very beginning. On 'Glimmer' we can hear a flicker of the finely-tweaked romanticism that drew us to 'Atol Scrap' all those years ago, but Zahn has a more peaceful resolve at this stage in his career, and the microscopic whirrs and hip-hop inspired beats have been replaced by heaving clouds of white noise and crunchy waves of synth.
'Muster' is more in line with the faded output of Taylor Deupree's 12k imprint (where Zahn has released some of his most recent records), and 'Wendung' is a tearful and gaseous answer to Brian Eno's 'An Ending'. It's when Zahn punctuates the heady atmospheres with staccato sounds - a key facet of his beatless work since the legendary 'Minth/Neel' 7" - that we get weak at the knees. Just check the brief but beautiful 'Skaal' or the dubby and spinetingling 'Decay'.