oneohtrix point never
r plus seven
daniel lopatin perfects a new form of minimalist music, somewhere between the space-age ambience of his early synthscapes & the discombobulating, retro-futurist soundworld conjured on 'replica'.
'boring angel' begins the journey with bubbling, fluttering arpeggios layered over 'clockwork orange' style, looming classical synth chords. as an introduction it feels like it propels you forward through time, catching up to the experimental themes of the rest of the album. throughout 'r plus seven' snippets of synthesised mallet instruments loop reichian melodies, disembodied vocals enunciate wordless tunes & glitched samples converse with acoustic instruments momentarily, as his trademark analogue synths resound like the lonely wails of some intergalactic robotic nomads. the result is disruptive & hypnotic in equal measure & the clearest realisation so far of lopatin's compelling musical vision, as he carries the legacy of vangelis, philip glass et al into the 21st century.
matt recommends : "reminiscent of Lopatin’s recent outstanding collaboration with Tim Hecker, this artistic peak comes across like an ECM masterpiece that got lost in space."
jez recommends : "Evoking both dreamy nostalgia, and an optimistic reverence for future technologies, this is the smartest, classiest and most mesmerising of all the OPN catalogue, unlike anything you will have heard before."
- Boring Angel
- He She
- Inside World
- Problem Areas
- Still Life
- Chrome Country