Artist of the week: Oneohtrix Point Never
Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) is a Brooklyn-based experimental composer, musician and producer that has been releasing a considerable amount of music since 2007 that performs a fascinating fusion between Tangerine Dream-like airy electronics, Aphex Twin-inspired ambient drones, noise and exploratory sampling that brings to mind the adventurous forays of J. Dilla and Jay Electronica.
After the release of his sci-fi 2007 debut, Betrayed in the Octagon, his work started to gain recognition with the release of 2009’s Rifts, a compilation of electronic material recorded and released in obscure cassettes over the previous six years. 2010’s Eternal and 2011’s Replica further increased his audience and accolades through his conspicuously beautiful, soft-focused and unsettling analog synthscapes. It was inevitable that Lopatin would end up composing scores for movies, and the soundtracks for Sofia Coppola’s 2013 film The Bling Ring (with Brian Reitzell) and Ariel Kleiman’s 2015 film Partisan, are here to confirm the synesthetic longings of his music. When he signed with Warp Records in 2013, the fit was more than unfathomable.
Garden of Delete, Oneohtrix Point Never new album, ditches the bright and briskly tones of 2013’s R Plus Seven for powerful and wide-ranging emotions, adding vocals that give a personal touch to his music and fusing R&B with Death Metal, trance and Top 40 pop in an exhilarating way. It will be hard to find a more intellectually engaging, funny and cathartic musical experience in 2015.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.