Aārp is the latest incarnation of The Wanderer, created in this spirit: "what if we could stop and smell the flowers, just for the running time of an EP, to focus on the natural world around us? What if we took a moment to shut out the ambient alarmism, to get back to the wonderment of Renaissance wanderers—think Ronsard—who marvelled at the blooming of spring?"
Created with an eye on the awakening of vegetation, Novae Gemmae borrows its title ("new buds") from Latin. In aiming for this more articulate expression, it sees Aārp move away from the infinite possibilities that computer production allows by limiting himself to the Elektron Monomachine's six monophonic voices.
The EP unfolds like a cycle in several stages, opening with "Gemma I" and "II," a melodic deployment redolent with cascades and synth lines, followed by "Gemma III," a leap of faith into more tranquil waters, and a hyperactive rebound under multiple luminous arcs, "Gemma IV," before finally walking off the runway, in a mood of isolation and doubt, "Gemma V."
All in all, we're told to expect a "gorgeous attempt at botanical electronica."
Ahead of the EP's release tomorrow, March 15, you can download "Gemma IV" in full via the player below, or here for EU readers due to GDPR restrictions.
01. Gemma I
02. Gemma II
03. Gemma III
04. Gemma IV
05. Gemma V