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Oneohtrix Point Never is Daniel Lopatin, a US native whose work has brought him to the forefront of the modern electronic composition scene. Though Lopatin’s rise felt meteoric following his 2009 double-disc anthology Rifts and its 2010 follow-up Returnal his love of polyphonic synthesizers dates back to childhood jam sessions with his father’s Roland Juno-60.
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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Editions Mego
  • ASIN: B003IHOQZM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nil Admirari
2. Describing Bodies
3. Stress Waves
4. Returnal
5. Pelham Island Road
6. Where Does Time Go
7. Where Does Time Go
8. Preyouandi

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Oneohtrix Point Never is Daniel Lopatin and he hails from Brooklyn.
(Brooklyn Oh Brooklyn How Sweet The Many Sounds You Breathe!!)

The sonic landscapes he has created on his new album 'Returnal'
show evidence of a distinctive creative presence and lively mind.

There are eight pieces in the collection and its greatest strength
lays in its refusal to settle down into any kind of cosy or predictable
formula. Mr Lopatin keeps us guessing and engaged from beginning
to end. His slippery use of technology never becomes more powerful
or intrusive than his very human touch. The sum effect of his labours
are as affecting as they are intellectually beguiling.

Things kick off in a blaze of violent white light and noise with the
cacophonous mayhem of 'Nil Admirari' ("Marvel At Nothing" - Horace :
The Epistles, Book I : Epistle VI). The explosive shards of sound scatter
in all directions from an impenetrable core. Distorted fragments rise
and fall in the mix like lost souls hopelessly trying to regain corporeality.
A marvellous articulation of some kind of hell on earth.

The luminous rotating patterns of the next two tracks ('Describing Bodies' and
'Stress Waves') offer both relief and the possibility of salvation from the
violence just unleashed upon us. Meditative, organic and strangely beautiful,
this is music to calm and to heal.

The spiky rhythmic structure of title track 'Returnal' embodies an eerie sense
of fun. The dream-like atmosphere is shot through with delightfully wobbly
vocal constructions which conjure images of a chorus of small furry animals
engaged in some primitive arcane rite and incantation. (It really does!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Odelay In Space on 15 Nov. 2011
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There's a very appealing retro-futurist narrative to be imagined whilst listening to this album.

'Nil Admirari' is quite a brutal and noisy opening track, with what I imagine is the sound of a spacecraft engine burning up in the atmosphere of a foreign planet. 'Describing Bodies' marches singularly forward on a fluorescent drone.

'Pelham Island Road' cheekily nabs and slows down the synth-line from Boards of Canada's track 'Pete Standing Alone' and is beautiful and graceful. 'Where Does Time Go' pulses away on soft bleeping tones and floats in its own pre-MP3 analogue space as I embrace the irony of listening to it via my iPod.

'Preyouandi' contains fussy and watery sounding percussion, like bowls and pots flitting against each other as they float on a choppy wave, and an awkward synth scatting about beneath the surface.

If you like music that's ambient and quite spacey, and don't mind the repetition that comes with evoking the infinite expanse and sweep of drone then this is well worth a listen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diziet on 30 Aug. 2010
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This is an interesting album. Maybe not having immediate appeal, but worth getting to know and taking a bit of time over.

The first three tracks - 'Nil Admirari', 'Describing Bodies' and 'Stress Wave's form a kind of triptych. 'Nil Admirari' launches straight in, no warning, as noise. It is noise. You'd kind of think that if you hit ALL the notes then you'd manage, somewhere in there, to hit the RIGHT notes. 'Nil Admirari' proves otherwise. But it gradually resolves itself into grand organ chords and slips fairly seamlessly into 'Describing Bodies'. This is a 'gentle giant' of a track - big, big organ sounds overlying other barely discernable instruments - a bit like a remixed 'Rainbow In Curved Air', which is no bad thing. Still, this track morphs into 'Stress Waves', swathes of soft sounds slightly reminiscent of 'Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares' or even maybe Vangelis's 'Memories Of Green'.

The title track 'Returnal' is the most immediately appealing. A strong rhythmic structure topped with breathy treated vocals, reminding me of Jon Hassell and B Eno in it's mix of electronica and 'natural' sound.

'Pelham Island Road' is more atonal, simple on the face of it, but strange tropical animal noises haunt the background, slowly taking over and becoming progressively scarier as the track progresses, like a jungle reclaiming suburbia.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jayoh on 25 July 2010
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I couldn't disagree more with the previous review of this sonic construction of the rarest genius. THERE ARE NO HOOKS IN THIS MUSIC. It's not for radio and that's part of whats so marvelous about it. Audio soundscaping is another type of artistic medium that uses sounds to produce aesthetic and emotively shimmering music best heard on one's own with masses of bass. The fullness of OPN's sound is unmatched.

Read below for a review by Philip Sherburne, which is what tuned me into this album.

"I think a lot of people might not really get Oneohtrix Point Never. One mag recently described his music as IDM; a critic friend derided it as warmed-over electronica. No, and no! If you're not partial to the elements of his music-synthesizer arpeggios spun into gauzy shapes, new age pads injected with steroids, warped bits of new wave-then ok; it's not for everyone. (The acronym F.B.O.-"For Blazers Only"-might be overstating things, but Oneohtrix Point Never's music is definitely a smoker's delight.) But don't discount the dude's rigor. A YouTube video edited and uploaded by him simply repeats a bar of Chris DeBurgh's "The Lady In Red" along with a hypnotic loop of primitive computer graphics, but instead of being merely kitschy, it ekes something weirdly stirring out of its scraps of '80s detritus. If I could frame it and hang it on the wall, I'd leave it playing all damn day.

I really have no idea how he made the music on Returnal. There are scads of synthesizers, but it's impossible to say exactly what. I'd guess there's a mixture of analog and digital, processed and sampled into an oily foam; it's full-frequency and lo-fi all at once, giving cheap plastic sonics the Midas touch as they're sculpted into ballooning forms.
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