Its taken me a while to 'get' Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin). Lopatins nostalgic sense of futurism is hard to ignore but often difficult to penetrate. <!--more-->Shape-shifting collages of sounds play havoc with your acknowledged perception of how music should affect you. Lopatin disrupts your instincts, missappropriating sounds which we would normally associate with emotional responses such as comfort, sadness or anger. But Lopatins music is no mere programming exercise, the emphasis is still to make you think and move you.
Lopatin has now signed to Warp records, releasing his fifth studio album 'R Plus Seven'. On first listen its difficult to avoid the sheer brightness being emitted from the music. Sonic manipulation is only half the reason why Oneohtrix's sound can be so exhiliarating, Lopatin has refined a painstaking process which channels everything into a restless emotional undercurrent which literally gushes out on 'R Plus Seven'.
The track 'Americans' solidifies Lopatins craft, ambient harmonies and animal-like sounds give way to unknown vocal fragments, and a woodwind and arpeggio synth section. It all quickly builds before yet again abruptly ending, splintering into another amorphous creation. You may think that four minutes of such chopping and changing would drive you insane, but the subtlety in Lopatins craft gives the music an effortless quality. Theres an embryonic ebb and flow to 'R Plus Seven', full of minute fragments of lightness and fluidity, of a multitude of shapes within a myriad of structures. The album moves in vibrant coloured meditative tones, its beauty is in the delicately created details. Theres so much imagination and diversity in this sparkling album that it almost sounds like field recordings of an alien ecosystem.
Oneohtrix Point Never seems perfect for our digital age, a dynamic body of work with unlimited potential, grounded both in the past and present and in tune with the restlessness of our modern lives. These boundless musical shifts, adjustments and signifiers offers something you'd least expect, the irony is that an album like 'R Plus Seven' has an unquantifiable stillness which makes you stop and think.