Van Petegem has been making music for over twenty years and has collaborated and toured with a handful of respected musicians. With 'We Can Never Go Home' he now releases a splendid and adventurous collection of electronic tunes on the quality label Sound In Silence. His first album in eight years, plus his first instrumental album, is an intelligent and meandering set of songs, one which seems to combine today's electronic possibilities with the sublime warm sound of vintage synths and sequencers.
Those sequencers are amazing, delivering stunning tunes like opener 'Full Present' and the soundtrack-worthy 'Did Your Mouth Buy You This Scar?' With that, the music wanders into the same circuit boards as Tangerine Dream and Ashra. However, influences from modern day equipment and artists are never far away, so here and there Plaid and Autechre comes to mind. For those 'Love Restores Almost Everything' is a perfect example.
What I like most on this album, is the fact that although this is downtempo electronica, it doesn't share the easy-listening experience of many trip hop acts. Instead, the music often takes a gritty, harsh turn, bringing eighties soundtracks to mind, somewhere between Knightrider and Blade Runner, I guess. Title track 'We Can Never Go Home' is such a fine example of sonic confusion, laced with mild noise and a rather impending atmosphere.
So yeah, this is yet another mind bending example of electronics from this fine city/country. I can only recommend this thing to every fan of slow electronic music. Press play, and carefully follow the 'Blind Spot Safety Procedure' until the very end. You won't regret it.