Horizontal Structures - Moritz von Oswald Trio
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  • Summary: This is the second studio album for the trio that includes Moritz Von Oswald, Max Loderbauer, and Sasu Ripatti.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Four square club rhythms are jettisoned in favour of a series of weirdly compelling sound collages, in which percussion and electronics combine together in natural and seemingly effortless improvisations.
  2. Jun 13, 2011
    80
    With the addition of these elegant bent strings, it is as though perfumed air has been allowed to seep into what was formerly a hermetically sealed canister. This (now non-) trio's music is that much better for the enhancement. [May 2011, p.58]
  3. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    It's all quietly dazzling, a sinuous fusion of jazz, dub, and techno that pulls from German, African, Jamaican, and Latin forms without the slightest hint of stuffiness.
  4. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Horizontal Structures proves that this music has legs. You don't really need to know who is in this band, or what else they've done, to appreciate what they do. You just have to like your hefty sounds to come wrapped in plush space.
  5. Apr 4, 2011
    70
    Reserved and mechanical as it is, Horizontal Structures is a very warm record. Von Oswald and his regulars soak the music in reverb and atmosphere.
  6. Jun 30, 2011
    70
    Horizontal Structures is an album that is meant to be listened to front to back, which is the only way you could do it really. When it's in danger of losing you, it pulls you back and makes you want to start the track over to find out how you got there.
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  1. Apr 10, 2011
    2
    Perfect album to fall asleep to but it is not , by any degree, a work of art to encourage your friends to listen to. It meanders too muchPerfect album to fall asleep to but it is not , by any degree, a work of art to encourage your friends to listen to. It meanders too much without any depth beneath it. Expand