Robag Wruhme is Gabor Schablitzki. He was one half of a techno DJ duo called the Wighnomy Brothers. This is his second solo album. 2004's 'Wuzzlebud KK' is more than worth a listen too (it's a many-headed hungry beast!) but with 'Thora Vukk' Mr Schablitzki is happy to show us the gentler side of his nature. A man and his machines united in common electronic/imaginative human purpose.
There are twelve tracks in the set; seven longer pieces interspersed with five atmospheric sonic interludes. The rhythms are crisp, bright and often (witness the delicious 'Prognosen Bomm') downright funky.
Music to listen to; music to dance to; music to both listen and dance to simultaneously. Flexible music.
The plinks and plonks of opening track 'Wupp Dek' (just loving these titles!) leads us slowly through soft chordal waves and half-whispered distorted vocals into a more substantial and upbeat percussive structure; the bigger beats holding the arrangement together even as it slips and slides dangerously close to a dreamlike void.
Title track 'Thora Vukk' shimmers like sunlight on the surface of a silver lake. A meditative composition who's tinkling cymbals and bells give the piece an almost spiritual ambience which washed over the limbs of my inner-hippie like a warm wave.
'Pnom Gobal' is fast becoming a firm favorite in The Wolfcave. The warm strings, vocal "dah dah dumm(s)" and "bo bo bo(s)" (approx!), curious incidental wheezes and subtely insistent rhythms make it a very difficult invention to sit still to (so we don't!)
For sheer beauty, however, look no further than the final track 'Ende', a sublimely simple and strangely haunting piece of nachtmusik which brings this lovely album to an emotionally uplifting conclusion.
(I seem to have aquired a pretty little extra track called 'Fusspause' on my download edition which the CD version may or may not have).
If dreams could be made of stuff like this I really wouldn't want the dream to end.
There are only a few actual tunes on here but each track has a cool groove. You are never more than a few moments from a killer beat. This album will not blow your speakers, it is restrained, almost thoughtful and the voice on the last track will have you laughing!