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|editions mego (austria) #emego 104 cd|
oneohtrix point never “returnal” compact disc
- nil admirari
- describing bodies
- stress waves
- pelham island road
- where does time go
|june 2010 release ; ah, it warms the cockles of my heart to see dan go global with this, his editions mego debut (not his the social registry debut, his kompakt debut, or his warp debut, but mego ; wise choice) ...|
... and in fact the opening track here does a bang-up job of paying homage not just to the label’s influential 90s output (it’s a screeching, digital pile-up with seemingly hand-played drum machine rhythms ; on par with an early farmers manual side) but to the rest of the “noise underground” from which he rose (& with which always seemed a little out-of-sorts) ... that the album immediately dials it back a few notches into the familiar upper-harmonizer pads & floating, auto-arpeggiated chillage with which dan’s more formally associated is telling, and by the end of the first side we’re hearing some straight blade-runner-styled electro-balladeering that ought to lift dan up out of the cold & into the radio spotlight ...
a trilogy of synth-trancers harken the second half of the record ; in all honesty this sounds like dan’s most fully realized work in this area, with endless layer(ing)s of subtle, floating sawtooth melancholy fleshing out the audio strata in increasingly detailed ways ... and then the garbled, echo-percussion jam at the end seals the deal, linking hassell’s whole “fourth-world” ethos with dan’s trademark soporific/lulling pitch-altered vox-box rocking ...
visually, the record’s another gap-bridger, with stephen o’malley’s layout explicitly bridging the gap between tina frank’s 90s work for the label & dan’s whole greyed-out helical scan matrix ; endless prism-clips rendered in spot varnish coating a full four panels of a “heavy” gatefold ... best thing from dan yet ; if you’ve only managed to grip any of the small-run / regional / provincial issues of his music, consider this the upgraed ... highly recommended !!!
|editions mego press release...|
emego 104 / oneohtrix point never
all music by daniel lopatin
recorded and mixed at ridge valley digital, massachusetts july - august 09 & february 10
akai ax-60, roland juno-60, roland msq-700, korg electribe es-1, voice
recorded using a personal computer
mastered by james plotkin
tape-op & additional engineering by al carlson
vinyl cut at dubplates & mastering, berlin
design by stephen o'malley
photography by yelena avenesova
‘returnal’ is the fourth album from daniel lopatin’s oneohtrix point never project, after ‘betrayed in the octagon’ (deception island, 2007), ‘zones without people’ (arbor, 2009) and ‘russian mind’ (no fun, 2009). all 3 albums being superbly compiled on the ‘rifts’ double cd set (no fun, 2009).
it sees lopatin fine tune his craft for creation of deep atmospheres and texture even further. starting off with the mind blowing triptych of ‘nil admiari’ / ’describing bodies’ / ’stress waves’, which fires off into a noise/rhythm excess before entering a zone of relative calm building to the melancholy of the final part. this set the tone perfectly for the albums title track, a stunning out of this world ballad featuring lopatin's near desperate vocal delivery, ending what could be seen as one of his most chilling and thought provoking sides to date.
the atmosphere is slightly lifted as the darkened sun comes up over the ruins on ‘pelham island road’ and ‘where does time go’, with the album closing with edgy broken beats and fourth world possible landscapes of ‘preyouandi’, which fades into the distance with echoes of the ‘returnal’ chorus, closing the loop.
what's burnt into memory here is lopatin’s love affair with the long, slow path back home... the cycle... the hypnotic sector... the ghost in the machine... and whether people are making dance music or hip hop or space head music or metal, the ouroboros is present in every sector -- as it was in bach's study, and in the elephant songs of the ituri forests.