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Prescient maverick Markus Popp minces our swedes with the schizzy, quantum mechanics and avant-pop appeal of his first new Oval album in six years.
Assured of his place in the pantheon of electronic music pioneers since his earliest, groundbreaking work with fucked-up CDs and bespoke software, Oval’s rate of innovation may have waned since the ‘90s, but he still has an extraordinary way with the fundamentals of musical composition, as found on ’Scis’. The follow-up to 2014’s ‘Popp’ expands on that album’s hyperfruity, melodic dance-pop leanings with the kind of inimitably crafty, human touch that many have come to expect from Oval’s advanced output.
You can trust he doesn’t leave a nano-second of the record wanting for detail, cramming filigree melodic twirls and restless rhythm at every turn from the wild fusion of feathered keys and rabid dubstep in opener ‘Twirror’, to the fractalised swang of ‘Fluoresco’, an Akufen-like R&B cut-up in ‘Pushhh’, and Coh-meets-Luomo-esque chops on ‘Improg’, along with exemplary future funk in ‘Cozzmo’.
If previous Oval albums have struck you as too knowingly obtuse, there’s an impressively finer balance of the i’m-dead-clever-me aspects, and straight-up enjoyable pop sensuality and swerve to this one.