A reason for Oval’s avoiding my auditory acquaintance may lie in the surname of the now principal figure behind the project; Markus Popp’s variation on glitch is paradoxically just too damn accessible! — at least relative to the equally German folks over at Raster-Noton, who regularly inspire security in one’s aspirations to be an imperturbable cyborg. Contrarily, even before Popp assumed control over the project, when Sebastian Oschatz and Frank Metzger both offered equal support, there was seemingly nothing overtly uncomfortable or dissonant about their output, the newness of both their sound and their production methods aside. “Do While” is, simplified, an ambient track. Calidostópia!, released earlier this year, was recorded in Brazil and features seven guest vocalists from South America. I mean, it’s cool if you’re into the whole “melody” thing, I guess…
In fact, it’s probably an imperative if you’re awaiting Oval’s next release, which is actually his now release, and which is more or less an extension of Calidostópia!. Voa carries over the vocal presence, as it’s comprised mostly of previously unreleased “A-selection” recordings, which took place concurrent with the sessions that led to the preceding album. There’s also brand-new Oval material, though presumably in short supply, because only two tracks among the 18 exceed three minutes. Samples of mere glitch ornamentation, as well as the option to purchase, here.
I like the cover. It makes me think of an abstract rendition of a senior Smurfette.
01. Drift (feat. Agustín Albrieu)
02. Stop Motion I (feat. Dandara)
04. Emocor (feat. Hana Kobayashi)
05. Mersey (feat. Aiace)
07. Hmmm (feat. Maité Gadea)
08. Credit Line (feat. Andrés Gualdrón)
10. Heroic (feat. Dandara)
11. Oslo (feat. Hana Kobayashi)
13. Sediment (feat. Agustín Albrieu)
14. Flageo (feat. Aiace)
16. Latvia (feat. Andrés Gualdrón)
17. Habitat (feat. Maité Gadea)
• Oval: http://markuspopp.me