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Electronic veteran Oval returns this week with this collaboration-heavy LP, with only a third of the 18 tracks on offer being solo efforts. The rest are collaborations with South American singers following on from last year's 'Calidostópia!' (available for free download from the Goethe Institute). It's a tough album to pin down, ranging as it does from stuttering, glitchy electronic dronew ...

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Voa by Oval
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 21 February 2014

Electronic veteran Oval returns this week with this collaboration-heavy LP, with only a third of the 18 tracks on offer being solo efforts. The rest are collaborations with South American singers following on from last year's 'Calidostópia!' (available for free download from the Goethe Institute).

It's a tough album to pin down, ranging as it does from stuttering, glitchy electronic dronework to clattering real life drums and chiming and scratching processed guitars. The arrangements are highly melodic but also disorienting and confusing and often fairly brief. Often it's the vocal melodies which seem to be holding the pieces together melodically in a Richard Youngs kind of way as the electro acoustic accompaniments sprawl and wander with a single-minded curiosity and alien unpredictability, fluttering and grinding and sometimes echoing the vocals and folding them in on themselves.

It's a much more intricate and complex record than I feel I can do justice in the short time I have to write this review but I can say with confidence that it is listenably melodic and yet extravagantly weird. I'd listen to it again if I wasn't pressed for time.


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