Muhsinah – The Oscillations: Triangle
Title: The Oscillations: Triangle
The mysterious Muhsinah finally drops the second part of her two-album piece, The Oscillations: Triangle. Picking up where The Oscillations: Sine left off, Muhsinah visits many of the sounds, concepts and themes from the first album but fleshes them out here. Where Sine had her producing all the music on her own, Triangle finds her getting some assistance from a roster of talented producers, without sacrificing her very unique identity. The sound of Triangle is more mature than the first album with more complex productions and a lush sound that is a unique world unto itself.
All around The Oscillations: Triangle is a better album than Sine. It zips through its rather short running time with a selection of tracks that are more varied thanks to additional production from Flying Lotus, Exile, Oddisee, and Mike Slott. Exile’s track “Stay Here” is an immediate favorite with its sluggish, sloppy beat as is the moody percussion driven groove of Flying Lotus’ entry “Lose My Fuse”. Both tracks fit seamlessly into Muhsinah’s style yet provide a fresh take on her sound that was missing from her debut. But Muhsinah remains the master of her domain, crafting beats that bump as hard as the dude’s. Futuristic cuts like “From Here” and “More” are some of the album’s most aggressive productions.
When not dropping hard beats, much of Triangle is dedicated to revisiting tracks and themes from Sine. “Gogh Again” fleshes out the simple hook from Sine in gorgeous style and the album closes out with “Rediscovered” a simply breathtaking interlude that re-interprets elements of “Discovery.” Soaring strings and complex percussion are prominent throughout the album even on slower numbers like “Siz” which paints Muhsinah as an urban Bjork of sorts. Much like Bjork, Muhsinah’s voice is immediately recognizable and occasionally odd, yet possesses a uniqueness that makes it magnetic.
With The Oscillations: Triangle, Muhsinah continues her journey of singular artistry, and we all watch silently as she morphs, grows, and changes. It is truly a beautiful sight.
– Norman Mayers