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Album Review: Oneohtrix Point Never - 'Replica'
A pioneer of analogue future psychedelia
Luckily, ‘Replica’, the fifth album proper by electronic music producer Daniel Lopatin under his Oneohtrix Point Never tag meets three of these requirements with ease (you’d have more luck dancing to a beached whale than this). He is part of the Brooklyn scene along with other such cosmic vision things as Emeralds and Stellar Om Source and, following on from a confusing but rewarding double-disc anthology, ‘Rifts’, in 2009 and the sublime space scapes of ‘Returnal’ in 2010, ‘Replica’ is a rallying call for people who don’t see synthesisers purely as objects of retro-fetishism, but rather as agents of future creative potential. He creates woozy riffs and psychedelic drones on his father’s old Roland Juno-60 before warping and moulding the sound using analogue filtering, tape manipulation, plate reverb and other antique techniques. He has talked up the presence of many samples from old adverts (thus giving those who want or need it the excuse to label the record ‘hauntology’) but other than on ‘Sleep Dealer’ and ‘Up’, you would be hard pressed to spot them. The theory side of what he does is interesting, but above and beyond that he continues to herald the next stage of analogue future psychedelia beyond Boards Of Canada’s ‘Music Has The Right To Children’, which is more than enough to be getting on with.
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