A relentless, exuberant re-imagination of club sound aesthetics, from classic to fantastical
“Working on these new “club tracks” was like going from cucina povera (my 1990s student-budget glitch style) and hi-tech fusion cuisine (post-2010) to feeling like a vegan who just stumbled into a barbecue seminar.” M. Popp
11 tracks + 3 bonus tracks (Bandcamp edition)
WHITE VINYL LP - SOLD OUT
All music written & arranged by Markus Popp
Released: October 14, 2016
Cover image "Lick" by Antonia Hirsch (2016)
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Uovooo
Copyright (c) – Uovooo (EOVA_03)
Copyright (c) – Random Noise Musick
Copyright (c) – Budde Music
Format: LP (black 180g vinyl), LP (white vinyl), CD, digital
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, old school club music tropes and… beat making!?
And it worked. The Popp project quickly turned into a deep dive. The result is a captivating, 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 tsunamis 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 loop-scapes.
In total, Popp is a relentless, exuberant re-imagination of "club" and "rave” sound aesthetics (from classic to imaginary) - confidently cruising down its own, alternate timeline at 120 BPM. A club critique, if you will: So 90s, so now.