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  • Summary: Tim Hecker and Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin collaborate on the first volume of SSTUDIOS, a series of collaborative releases on the Software Studios label.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
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  1. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    If the initial listening experience challenges, long-term exposure unfurls Instrumental Tourist's full beauty. [Jan 2013, p.91]
  2. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    Their warring improvisations are intriguing, unsettling and often exquisite.
  3. Dec 19, 2012
    75
    This is music that needs to be felt rather than simply heard.
  4. Nov 19, 2012
    70
    And while there's no percussion in any conventional sense, the likes of "Uptown Psychedelia" jerk manically to their own spasmodic rhythms. Yet where those tracks are marked by an almost feverish nervous tension, from "Racist Drone" onwards Hecker and Lopatin seem to drift into an almost tranquilised state-one which strays closer to ambient clichés.
  5. Nov 19, 2012
    70
    As sublime as much of Instrumental Tourist is, it rarely fulfills that promise of improvisation, of a real sonic engagement or play, and struggles to exceed the sum of its parts.
  6. Jan 29, 2013
    60
    While wildly uneven and far from either's strongest work, Instrumental Tourist does have its moments of inspiration.
  7. Nov 29, 2012
    40
    Quality though it could be, if only the vision wasn't so occluded.

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