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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
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So, like, anyway, maybe Markus Popp has been listening to Tujiko Noriko, too, or maybe he hasn't. It really doesn't really matter, really; this — his — Noriko-esque turn into emotional electronic music, replete with adorning singing and everything, comes as quite an unexpected and unimaginably beautiful turn; his crawling caterpillar — his life as Oval, all-time asshole of amusical this-is-derived-from-programming-not-emotion boffinism — now winged as some beautiful digi-fucking/popsong-fluttering butterfly, such a turn turning out metamorphosistic dreamwork music as graceful as the girlish vocals of Eriko Toyoda, which turn treat'd pirouettes affected amongst all that fried circuitry. That Markus's name's been Popp has, thus far, seem'd somewhat an irony, even though the tuneful wonder of his wrangled digital-detritus was melodious enough to sell a whole generation's worth of laptop boys on the industry of "glitch." By the time he'd tried so hard to distance himself from the regular modes of making music — y'know, the ones that were all over that dorky first Oval record, with the band and the basslines and the dude crooning — by tossing "generative" into any reporter's eyes, the sting and the salt had made Popp less a savior than just some soldier, dogged and doggerel and dogmatic and pragmatic in his approach to software and produced-sound and such. I don't know what changed to make him want to infuse his music with sentimentalism whilst keeping it essentially stylistically similar. Maybe he fell in love? Or, hey, maybe he really did hear one of those Tujiko Noriko records, which are wonderful and beautiful and mysterious and cute and savage all at once. And, so, as So, Popp and Toyoda create great symphonies from so much strewn digitalia, incessant buzzes staggering as flickering rhythms, massive arcs of symphonic tonalism howling like choirs of angelic white-noise, the inconstant fluorescence tinging the fluttering photographic light an off-color cast of deep buttery lemony green, underground and foreign and exotic and romantic as Toyoda runs away from Popp's quixotic gaze like Shu Qi fled HHH's camera at the start of "Millennium Mambo," her run kept to a rhythm of overhead lights that cause your eyes to lose their sharpness. It's just so fucking pretty, is all; and it's felt in your stomach, a tense knot that's almost always feeling like it's slipping. So, yeah, like, So is so good.

by Anthony Carew

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