Sounding Lines

Album Review of Sounding Lines by Moritz von Oswald Trio.

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Sounding Lines

Moritz von Oswald Trio

Sounding Lines by Moritz von Oswald Trio

Release Date: Jun 9, 2015
Record label: Honest Jon's
Genre(s): Electronic, Experimental, Techno, Ambient Techno, Minimal Techno

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Sounding Lines - Fairly Good, Based on 4 Critics

Pitchfork - 63
Based on rating 6.3/10

Moritz Von Oswald has an acute ear for rhythm and an oblique way of expressing it. A percussionist by training, he’s been subverting techno’s omnipresent thump since the early '90s, when he was one half of the Berlin duo Basic Channel and the four-on-the-floor beat’s primacy still remained largely unchallenged. Over the years his beats have grown even subtler as he’s figured out ways to maintain techno’s propulsive needs without falling back on its tropes, and connected it to styles like dub in an attempt to create some sort of abstract, weightlessly chill sonic space.

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Resident Advisor - 60
Based on rating 3.0/5

In spite of its name, the Moritz Von Oswald Trio has rarely made direct overtures to jazz. But it has absorbed jazz practice in subtle ways. Primacy is given to improvisation. Live, in-the-room recordings are favoured over multi-tracked studio work. The lineup is fluid, too, with recent albums ….

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10

After four albums released in as many years, Moritz von Oswald Trio suspended their release schedule. During the break, the group's namesake made Borderland with techno innovator Juan Atkins, as well as 1/1 with jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, while synthesizer player Max Loderbauer continued to involve himself with a variety of solo and collaborative projects. The trio returned in 2015 with master Afro-beat drummer Tony Allen in place of Vladislav Delay -- no minor change -- while Ricardo Villalobos was brought in to mix the recordings.

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Their review was generally favourable

The term “world music,” ick — a marketer’s desperate pitch more than tangible genre, suggesting either Yankee provincialism (there’s Americana, British rock, and, um, The World) or the earnest intentions of Putumayo compilations and didgeridoo fans. If the latter sounds appealing, the ….

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