Listen: Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Replica”

“Cloud Prophecies: Electronic conjurer launches time-travel reveries”

“Both lyrical and hypnotic, Replica serves as a deeply romantic testament to the possibilities 
of life in the Cloud.” [via Spin]

Brooklyn’s Daniel Lopatin brings us an otherworldy LP “Replica” due November 8th on Software. It’s a fine album; full of rich, warm glow, evocative rhythms and creative use of the human voice. After the fourth listen I was hooked. The albums title track is a real beauty. You can stream the album in full below. One of the best albums of the year in my book.

UPDATES:
– Read a shining album review of  ‘Replica’ by Pitchfork here. (11/11)
– Read an interesting interview with Dan about the album art of ‘Replica’ via Pitchfork here. (11/10)

I also really like Lopatin’s promotional portraits for the album (see others below). It’s like the images have been filtered through an old VCR. They all have an eerie sense light. Very fitting for the album’s tone and attitude.

Spin has written an engaging review of this release. Read it in full after the jump.

Also check out an interview with Lopatin on Altered Zones here.

The futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that we’ll upload ourselves to the Net, abandoning mortal meatspace to live forever in silicon. He calls it the Singularity, and you couldn’t find a better musician to soundtrack the experience than Brooklyn’s Daniel Lopatin. As Oneohtrix Point Never, armed with a vintage Roland Juno 106 and titles like “Zones Without People” and “Hyperdawn,” he has channeled the kosmische tendencies of ambient pioneers like Klaus Schulze (who played briefly in Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel), with arpeggios zipping up and down like a DMT-powered space elevator. Meanwhile, his YouTube project Sunsetcorp chops and screws soft-rock classics into meditative loop fantasias, paired with flickering vector graphics or fuzzy VCR advertisements.

Here, Lopatin sampled the source material from 1980s television commercials, collected on DVDs that he claims to have purchased from a “hoarder/nostalgia-dealer dude on the Internet.” Scraps of rustling percussion, hazy strings, and hiccupping voices provide the foundation, while gleaming synths and sparse piano melodies arc skyward, elegiac monuments to forgotten broadcasts and bygone media. Unlike his previous work’s frenetic buzz, everything here is bathed in a warm, fuzzy glow, a high-density tangle of frequencies giving way to a languid journey into the cathode-ray-tube dreamscape. Both lyrical and hypnotic, Replica serves as a deeply romantic testament to the possibilities 
of life in the Cloud.

By Philip Sherburne

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