Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal

June 26, 2010

These three recent interviews with Daniel Lopatin all serve to highlight, among other things, the depth and range of his interests and influences. Many of which surface, at various points along the way, on this new album, “Returnal,” recorded under the name Oneohtrix Point Never.

From the abrasive, almost industrial, noise of “Nil Admirari,” to the ambient cool-down of “Describing Bodies” and the echoes of Ibizia in “Stress Waves,” to the spaciness of the title track, to the Fripp-meets-early-Kraftwerk-ness of “Where Does the Time Go,” the wide sweep of this lp is quite impressive.

More impressive still, though, is Lopatin’s ability to bring these disparate elements together into a fully coherent and most compelling eight-song cycle.


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