Somehow, via parallel process and a collusion of space/time/mathematics and retro-mania, Oneohtrix Point Never makes the in sound from way out. Qu have seen Daniel Lopatin mess heads in all kinds of places and just have fallen head over sphere for the music/electronic art combination. With a fly new album and show to boot but with the same mastery of timbre, touch and atmosphere intact, OPN gets returnal on Bristol, presenting his new material with live visual magic from Nate Boyce.
Daniel rose to eminence in modern electronic composition with Rifts, a collection of powerful and evocative synthesiser recordings released in 2009. Last year’s Returnal added a dose of sonic tumult and an oblique vocal presence to the mix.
Replica, his latest effort, is an electronic song cycle based around lo-fi audio procured from television advertisement compilations. These sample-based meditations are as lyrical as they are ecological, featuring re-purposed “ghost vocals” which serve as narration for Lopatin’s signature amorphous, ambient passages. In his own words, Replica has as much to do with environmental, broadcasted, and club sounds as it does with more direct musical influences.” The result is a heightened sense of music as part and parcel of an overall sonic landscape.
In a climate of sped-up musical catalogues careering into creative cul-de-sacs, Lopatin is slowly crafting a genuine canon, and his work as part of hypercolour production duo Ford & Lopatin confirms his gleeful criss-crossing of musical and cultural channels.
Plus star-grazing cinematic sound scrapes with mutant beats and future soul care of Bristol based Hyetal. A rare live set from a man with a series of killer releases on Black Acre, Punchdrunk (collaborating with Peverelist) and Planet Mu.
Slo-mo space disco jams in the bar.