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by Oval
O by Oval
Released: Sep 2010
Label: Thrill Jockey
The sheer scope of Oval's O is fairly mind-blowing: 70 tracks totaling almost two hours of skitter and ping. Like its predecessor, the Oh EP, the album is far more accessible, or at least musical, than Oval's output of a decade before, using as it does such recognizable sounds as plucked acoustic guitar and, occasionally, meaty rock drumming. But Markus Popp is still a far cry from actual pop, with arrhythmic sequences of tones scattering like drops of water in a hot, greased skillet.
Philip Sherburne