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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Brooklyn electronica trio was inspired by "polyrhythmic composition, the human voice and conceptual improvisation strategies."
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  1. Aug 6, 2018
    82
    The sheer number of different tools and skills they bring to the job is staggering. That's a big reason why, nearly a decade after the scene's initial explosion, they're still propelling the sound forward.
  2. Uncut
    Jul 19, 2018
    80
    They do it so well. Particularly impressive are the two lengthiest pieces. [Sep 2018, p.29]
  3. Jul 19, 2018
    80
    It's a leap of faith fans of Forma's recent work should definitely take, and anyone with an interest in classically minded live electronic ensemble work should follow on through as well.
  4. Jul 19, 2018
    70
    Semblance isn't Forma's most consistent album, but their approach to rhythm is more innovative here than it was on their past releases, and their continued progression remains exciting to witness.
  5. Jul 19, 2018
    60
    Semblance’s rigorous and inventive improvisations attempt to bring synth music up to date, despite the unavoidable cultural allusions that threaten to render it an ironic pastiche.