After checking out "Orchestra of Bubbles" (with Ellen Allien), I was moved to check out some of Apparat's solo material. Wow. "Walls" is one of the best CDs I've picked up in quite a while. It's got that certain IDM quality, but with a great sense of melody. I often hear excessively technical rhythmic programming in whatever we're calling "IDM" these days, but the melodic component of the music seems like an afterthought. Not so with "Walls"
The mood is relaxed and almost mellow. Things do occasionally heat up, but overall, this is a very chill CD. Some reviewers have called this "ambient" music, but I don't think that's entirely accurate. To me, ambient is something much more sparse with less activity, rhythmically and harmonically. Yeah, it's less beat-driven than some of the stuff Aphex Twin does, and it's not as dance oriented as Ellen Allien, but it's not really ambient in the strictest sense of the term.
The bottom line is, on Walls, Apparat gives us track after track of tuneful electronic music - perfect for just sitting back and listening. It's groovy, but the melodic elements really set it apart from a lot of similar music coming out these days. I highly recommend it to most fans of electronic music in general. If you're an IDM nut, then you'll certainly want to check this out. It's easily accessible, but with great staying power. Enjoy!