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  • Band members: Markus Popp
  • Summary: The German electronic trio is now just a solo project of remaining member Markus Popp.
  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Techno, Avant-Garde, Indie Electronic, Experimental Techno, Experimental Electronic, Ambient Techno, IDM, Glitch
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    So even though Popp's new sound palette seems like a step back, the way he uses it is as au courant as an oil-soaked pelican. O is not a retro move, but the work of an artist dealing with the now.
  2. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    The music has a thoughtful, reflective quality in spite of its brevity. Popp claims he is not an "anti-musician", and given the lush, enveloping atmosphere of much of O, his claim seems fair. He is, however, very much anti-convention.
  3. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    With O, Markus Pop has reinvented Oval using new techniques to produce a challenging sound world that's simultaneously exhausting and fascinating.
  4. 70
    Popp has once again authored a unique and compelling work. How you decide to sort through it and work it into your own life is up to you.
  5. Dec 16, 2010
    68
    It's lovely, it's pleasantly unsettling, and there's a hell of a lot of it.
  6. Jan 31, 2011
    60
    Once again, the limits of music and musicianship are foregrounded in Popp's relentless pursuit of the horizon afforded by a particular disposition of limits: the limits of imagination, of technology, of process, the organic and the inorganic.
  7. Dec 16, 2010
    55
    Popp sounds as if he's having a ten-year-old argument with himself, and though he's certainly earned the right to make the point that this argument still holds currency, O is less than convincing.

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