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This review is from: Returnal (Audio CD)
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. Of all the OPN albums I've heard so far-and I believe that's most of them-Returnal is both the most diverse and the most focused, ranging from pure noise to plangent electro-pop, but always executed with what I can only describe as total commitment. It's a trip in every sense; sit back and enjoy the legroom."
Philip Sherburne is an American journalist, musician and DJ based in Berlin. He writes for Pitchfork and The Wire, amongst others...