All the music genres that comprise electronic music, or have connections with it in some way have more possibilities for wider appreciation, as they often don’t need a specific language to communicate what the artists are trying to say with their music.
Of course, the key criteria there is that the music itself has to have some substance and the ability to present the ideas within.
Now, IDM and glitch have somewhat been in the shadows in recent years, which is a shame, because both, particularly IDM (or intelligent dance music, if you will), were trying to bridge the gap between the ambient and dance strains of electronic music.
Still, there are artists around the globe that keep that intelligent part of IDM valid, and Knower and his latest release Curiosity Is Not Dead go a solid way in that direction.
Knower, or Veljko, as he is known to his family and friends back in Belgrade, Serbia is no novice, as he’s already had two EPs that showed traces of promise. But with this full album release, he seems to be on his way to realyy chip in to the IDM revival.
As he puts it himself, the inspiration for the album was nature itself. “When wandering through nature, I quickly find out that I am in no control. This is essential because then I can freely indulge in its spontaneity, revelation, fruitfulness, and those mystical shows which nature performing for us. I am just a sole floating observer and it’s up to me how devoted I am to dive into the pores, details, and meanings.”
Quite lofty words, but through the 11 tracks here Knower is able to back up his aspirational claims with some intriguing sounds that call upon big names in electronics like Boards of Canada, while still retaining his personal motifs — in this case, nature.