Limited LP : Limited edition white vinyl
Markus Popp, the man behind Oval, is credited with creating the style we now know as “glitch” or “clicks & cuts”, but he never stopped there. "Scis" is his latest offering, an album still pushing technology, using the computer as an instrument, but for the first time it seems you can most clearly hear the musician behind the screen. It’s emotive, there’s loops of acoustic instruments, composed together in ways that feel more organic, and improvised. Popp describes extensive research into “new vintage”, and this album reflects that & his history. It employs familiar sounds or motifs in new ways, and unfamiliar sounds in old ways and this combo gives it something present. There’s prepared pianos, woodwinds, sweeping strings, gritty bass riffs arranged, among other styles, using Oval’s signature loop-driven techniques. Moments remind of traditional electronic and re-imaginations of a club sound aesthetic, and there’s moments that feel cinematic and lyrical and the album as a whole feels in between and both.