Album artwork for Horizontal Structures by Moritz Von Oswald Trio

the trio of moritz von oswald, max loderbauer and sasu ripatti return with a third album, this time enriched and expanded by guitar contributions from paul st hilaire and double bass courtesy of marc muellbauer. 'horizontal structures' is palpably a more open, more expressive album than the previous studio recording, 'vertical ascent'. there is more contrast, more light and shade. st hilaire and muellbauer add fresh drama and swing to the intimate tonal and rhythmic interactions of the core grouping. the coherence of the five-piece is remarkable; the boundary between acoustic and electronic undone. the group's evolution is firmly signalled in the opener, structure 1. there's a lush, romantic quality to the playing and arrangement that we've not heard before: the guitar licks have a bluesy lilt, the bass imparts melody as well as physical presence, the synth sequences are more painterly, looser somehow, and ripatti's percussion roams feelingly. structure 2 is like 70s spy-flick jazz or groove-heavy krautrock stripped to its barest essence, loderbauer and von oswald's electronics glistening in a sticky cobweb of reverb and delay. the languidly stepping structure 3 faintly recalls von oswald's work with mark ernestus as rhythm & sound, with st hilaire's chords hanging thick above bone-dry drum machine drift. lastly, structure 4, the track structurally closest to techno, is pervaded by a sense of mischief, with muellbauer's strings - plucked, bowed, scraped - coming to the fore. for all its complexity, this is also a very playful album, and the trio's increased confidence and empathy as improvisers allow them to indulge flights of percussive fancy, sudden about-turns, vectors into the unknown. horizontal structures sounds, above all else, free.

Moritz Von Oswald Trio

Horizontal Structures

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Album artwork for Horizontal Structures by Moritz Von Oswald Trio
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£14.99

Released 01/03/2011Catalogue Number

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Moritz Von Oswald Trio

Horizontal Structures

Album artwork for Album artwork for Horizontal Structures by Moritz Von Oswald Trio by Horizontal Structures - Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Album artwork for Horizontal Structures by Moritz Von Oswald Trio
CD

£14.99

Released 01/03/2011Catalogue Number

hjrcd54

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

the trio of moritz von oswald, max loderbauer and sasu ripatti return with a third album, this time enriched and expanded by guitar contributions from paul st hilaire and double bass courtesy of marc muellbauer. 'horizontal structures' is palpably a more open, more expressive album than the previous studio recording, 'vertical ascent'. there is more contrast, more light and shade. st hilaire and muellbauer add fresh drama and swing to the intimate tonal and rhythmic interactions of the core grouping. the coherence of the five-piece is remarkable; the boundary between acoustic and electronic undone. the group's evolution is firmly signalled in the opener, structure 1. there's a lush, romantic quality to the playing and arrangement that we've not heard before: the guitar licks have a bluesy lilt, the bass imparts melody as well as physical presence, the synth sequences are more painterly, looser somehow, and ripatti's percussion roams feelingly. structure 2 is like 70s spy-flick jazz or groove-heavy krautrock stripped to its barest essence, loderbauer and von oswald's electronics glistening in a sticky cobweb of reverb and delay. the languidly stepping structure 3 faintly recalls von oswald's work with mark ernestus as rhythm & sound, with st hilaire's chords hanging thick above bone-dry drum machine drift. lastly, structure 4, the track structurally closest to techno, is pervaded by a sense of mischief, with muellbauer's strings - plucked, bowed, scraped - coming to the fore. for all its complexity, this is also a very playful album, and the trio's increased confidence and empathy as improvisers allow them to indulge flights of percussive fancy, sudden about-turns, vectors into the unknown. horizontal structures sounds, above all else, free.