"The focus Popp displays across the record is impressive, and (...) the best argument yet for its creator’s continued relevance, not just as a legend, but a creative force in electronic music for the next decade." - Pitchfork / "Popp"
"This is Popp in full control, deftly bending the machines to his will, and the result is some of the best and most masterfully produced electronic music of the year." - Spectrumculture / “Popp”
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Here is not one, but four (!) rave Oval album reviews (including "Popp") by the world's leading quality music magazine THE WIRE.
“Popp” is available on many digital music platforms as well as on Digisleeve CD and 180g vinyl LP. The LP includes a large, full-color fold-out poster (60 cm x 60 cm). The Bandcamp digital special edition even adds three original, exclusive Oval bonus tracks.
OK, so what's next for Oval after multi-award-winning Ambient-, Electronica-, Post-Rock / Guitar- and Brazilian- styles? A...club album!? “Popp” originally started as a concept album. Not in the way one might think, though. It was neither meant as a POP record nor as “the Markus Popp signature album”.
At first, “Popp” was started to reverse-engineer the classic, 1990s Oval glitch sound using the hi-tech tools of today. Two afternoons later, that had been accomplished. And now what? How about trying something Oval had never tackled, like...an Oval take on straight-up sequencing, oldschool club tropes and...beatmaking!?
And it worked. The "Popp" project quickly turned into a deep dive. The result is a relentless, euphoric love letter to a long-lost musical utopia: Kaleidoscopic and soulful, optimistic and grandiose. Like fantasy club tracks from an alternate universe. Alt rave utopia, if you will.
Listening to "Popp" is a joyous information overload from beginning to end. No matter if you choose to trace the countless exhilarating, meandering melodies (“RE”, “ID“), or if you prefer to allow yourself to get swept along by the glitch-infused house tsunami of “AI” and “LO”.
More highlights: The newly introduced, intricate “fantasy vocals” are another new through line in Oval’s music: Weaving a blissful, sensual, “post-R&B”-narrative beyond words (“KU”, “LO“, “VE”). Ghosts of vintage Oval glitch stylings (“FU”, “MY”, “MO”) are met with swooning strings, dreamy bells, rave stabs, angular bass lines and polyrhythmic beats. The album's atmosphere can even border on the solemn (“SA”), cinematic (“CA”) or even hymnic (“VE”) before dissolving into unstoppable, multi-dimensional loopscapes.
"Popp" is a relentless, exuberant re-imagination of “club" sound aesthetics (from classic to fantastical), confidently cruising down its own, alternate timeline at 120 BPM. So 90s, so now.