O Soundtrack My Heart

Album Review of O Soundtrack My Heart by Pivot.

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O Soundtrack My Heart

Pivot

O Soundtrack My Heart by Pivot

Release Date: Sep 16, 2008
Record label: Warp
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative

78 Music Critic Score
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O Soundtrack My Heart - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Pivot are already feted back home in Australia for the rich, art-noise sounds of their 2005 debut, Make Me Love You; this is their first international release, following Warp's decidedly enthusiastic offer of a 16-album deal. Like all the best instrumental music, it's evocative stuff: the trio's multi-layered blend of vintage synths, skittering beats and crashing post-rock instrumentation keeps your mind's eye busy with images of futuristic cityscapes, gallant space troopers and, on the riotous title track, Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis teaming up to battle Rage Against the Machine for sonic supremacy. Autechre, Squarepusher and Aphex Twin are all obvious comparisons, and this is certainly the kind of music folk will listen to while wearing expensive headphones.

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Prefix Magazine - 75
Based on rating 7.5/10
75

Their recent inclusion on the Warp roster has garnered Pivot numerous comparisons to that label's forward-thinking electronic acts, such as Autechre, as well as more recent full-band signings like Battles. Both of these comparisons are true to some extent, but neither really hits the mark. Pivot lack the frenetic energy that comes to mind at mention of Battles, and they definitely do not share the extremely experimental aspects of Autechre.

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