Music Review | posted 14.11.2011
Oneohtrix Point Never
Replica
Software, 2011
Text Sebastian Hinz , Translation Julia Frohn
Your Rating:
9.2
User (4)
7.0
Editorial
Cover Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

In hindsight, it’s crystal clear that last year’s Returnal by Oneohtrix Point Never served as a crucial impulse for electronic music (especially from the U.S.) in 2011. It was him, who re-animated the synthesizer as a source for multifaceted sounds. For this approach, the American writer Philipp Sherburne praised the album highly and underlined the connection to Ambient, »Kosmische Musik«, Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, only to finally emphasize that »it also sounds unusually original, which is a word you don’t get to use often«. Not only because Sherburne wrote these lines, but mainly because he wrote them for Pitchfork, the ground for this equally backward and contemporary music was paved and raised awareness amongst music-nerds in the U.S. and (although with considerable less vehemence) in Europe. But it can’t have been those few lines breaking the spell on this music – instead, Daniel Lopatin a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never has touched the Zeitgeist with this simultaneously nostalgic yet progressive sound, directed forwards and backwards at the same time. It evokes memories in those who inevitably grew up with synthesizer-sounds in the 80s. This year, together with Joel Ford, he recorded this impulse under the name of Ford & Lopatin. So did M83 (in a somewhat kitschy transfiguration), Com Truise (broadened and vulcanized by beats) or the label Spectrum Spools (through exalted sound-experiments on the synths). Artistically, Lopatin is closest to the latter – since his early childhood, he has been exploring his Roland Juno-60. Now he’s presenting yet another confrontation with that very device. And even though Replica cannot be certified its predecessor’s visionary quality, it is still worth listening to. While Lopatin used to work on mostly keyboard- and synth-oriented prog-stuff and thereby liberated it from its negative connotations, he is now using commercials, documentaries and educational movies from the 80s – sources which appear to be even more creepy. From those snippets, Lopatin creates a dark and more accelerated sound, and is also more variable in his working-methods, using samplers, analog filtering, tape-manipulation, pianos, glitch, sub-freuquences, even beats. And he cuts or stretches voices to cut-ups or echoes from beyond. Unfortunately, this versatility pays its price: where Returnal captivated by its congruency and its tight compositions, some tracks on __Replica__seem to be not thought all the way through, sometimes too sketchy and the overall picture remains undecided and vague. Still, one impression remains: if Lopatin manages to combine this versatility with convincing compositional depths, we can definitely expect something great in the near future.

-
Your Comment
Related Articles
Music Review | posted 02.10.2013
Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven
The strength of Oneohtrix Point Never’s music derives from the fact that it’s still allowed to take place in a pop-cultural context.
Music Review | posted 17.05.2011
Rene Hell
The Terminal Symphony
These days, the synthesizer is functioning as the leading instrument of electronic music. Rene Hell convincingly proves, why this renaissance makes sense, after all.
Music Review | posted 08.11.2011
Driphouse
Spectrum 008
Darren Ho is an electronics technician of the old school – before he starts making his music, he first builds his own synthesizers.
Music Review | posted 30.01.2012
Hive Mind
Elemental Disgrace
Hive Mind serves as an excellent figurehead for a music-scene which fetishizes experimenting with electrophones.
Music Review | posted 09.07.2012
Outer Space
Akashic Record (Events: 1986-1990)
»Akashic Record« belongs more to the sound-spectrum of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre than to the world of house and techno.
Music Review | posted 25.09.2013
Donato Dozzy
Plays Bee Mask
The Italian musician Donato Dozzy ventures on Bee Mask’s »Vaporware«. His variations are individual and full-fledged tracks.
Music Review | posted 28.04.2014
Fennesz
Bécs
After 13 years, Fennesz has returned to the label Editions Mego. His new record »Bécs« picks up the abstract pop of his earlier records.
Music Review | posted 28.11.2012
Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin
Instrumental Tourist
The experimental assembly: Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin are locked up in a studio, in order to fiddle about with the data-base »Instruments Of The World«.
Music Review | posted 11.05.2016
Anohni
Hopelessness
Antony Hegarty has put together his/their first album as Anohni with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Music Interview | posted 09.11.2015
Oneohtrix Point Never
The little cheese shop
»They had the skills, the church provided them with a way to make music and now we have Bach! Do we sit there now and say: ›Sucks that he branded himself?‹«. We had a lively talk with Oneohtrix Point Never.
Music Review | posted 20.01.2011
Pan American
For Waiting, For Chasing
Only very few can tare the balance between acoustic and electronic sounds this close to perfection.
Music Review
Miša Blam
Miša Blam I Oni Koji Vole Funky
With »Miša Blam I Oni Koji Vole Funky«, the Discom label continues on its path of releasing “unknown music from the former Yugoslavia”.
Music Review
Flamingo Pier
Flamingo Pier LP
Time for good vibes: the New Zealand three-piece Flamingo Pier releases their debut album on Soundway.
Music Review
Loveshadow
Loveshadow
Released on Music From Memory, the debut from California duo Loveshadow is an album for making love on the beach.
Music Review
Loscil
Clara
Like looking up at the starry night sky: Canadian musician Loscil has released a new album, »Clara,« on Kranky.
Music Review
Mind Maintenance
Mind Maintenance
Joshua Abrams and Chad Taylor take gimbri and mbira in hand and practice serenity under the name Mind Maintenance.
Music Review
Resilient Vessels
Live At The Cell
Four musicians got together last year in New York to record a brilliant jazz album under the name Resilient Vessels, »Live At The Cell«.
Music Review
Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band
Tezeta
»Tezeta,« Hailu Mergia’s first album originally released on cassette only in 1975, has now been reissued via Awesome Tapes From Africa.
Music Review
Guilherme Lamounier
Guilherme Lamounier (1973)
Guilherme Lamounier’s second album, a masterpiece of Brazilian psychedelic folk, has been reissued on Mad About.
Music Review
Skee Mask
Pool
In the diffuse genre mash between IDM, techno and dub, nobody sounds like Skee Mask. His new album “Pool” underlines his exceptional position.
Music Review
Renata Lú
Renata Lú
Renata Lú is one of Brazil’s unknown voices. Her self-titled debut from 1971 has now been reissued on Mad About.
Music Review
Pan Daijing
Jade
Short meditations on agony: Pan Daijing from Shanghai presents her second album with »Jade«.
Music Review
José Mauro
A Viagem Das Horas
José Mauro is alive! Nobody knew that when his debut album was reissued. Now follows the reissue of »A Viagem Das Horas« on Far Out.
Music Review
Various Artists
Extra Muros: Italy
For the collaboration compilation »Extra Muros: Italy« Flee Project brought together five musicians – Benoit B Dena, Dona, Eva Geist and Jolly Mare – in Puglia, Italy.
Music Review
Bruxas
Muscle Memory
Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskovic are Bruxas, »Muscle Memory« is the debut of the psych-disco project and anyway the record of the summer.
Music Review
Sandra
Vale Tudo
Brazilian boogie funk remains disarming and Sandra Sa’s 1983 album »Vale Tudo« one of its masterpieces. Mr Bongo have reissued it.
Music Review
Drab Majesty
Unknown To The I
»Unknown to the I« offers the ideal introduction to the universe of the duo Drab Majesty: dreamy New Wave in three tracks.
Music Review
Fly Pan Am
Frontera
»Frontera« by Fly Pan Am has a predictable structure from a dramaturgical point of view, and yet it is the best album ever by the Constellation band.
Music Review
Various Artists
GOST: A Spiritual Exploration Into Greek Soundtracks (1975-1989)
The compilation »GOST« released on Into The Light gathers wondrous film music from Greece.
Music Review
Sun Ra
Lanquidity
Available as a comprehensive reissue, »Lanquidity« could be Sun Ra’s best LP had he not laid down so many other masterpieces.
Music Review
Roland P. Young
Hearsay I-Land
In the mid-1980s, jazz musician Roland P. Young adopted a new identity as a new wave crooner. »Hearsay I-Land« collects his releases from this period.
Music Review
Ziad Rahbani
Bennesbeh Labokra… Chou?
With the reissue to »Bennesbeh Labokra… Chou?« the French label WeWantSounds expands the view on the work of the Lebanese musician Ziad Rahbani.
Music Review
Electric Party
Play
With »Play« the label Knekelhuis releases nine tracks from the eighties of the Dutch band Electric Party.
Music Review
Niklas Wandt
Balearische Bibliothek
With »Balearische Bibliothek« Niklas Wandt once again creates music in which nature and civilization meet on equal ground.
Music Review
Kohsuke Mine
First
»First«, the 1970 debut by Kohsuke Mine and his quartet, has now been reissued for the first time in BBE Records’ J Jazz Masterclass Series.
Music Review
Vinicio Adames
Al Comienzo Del Camino
After 35 years, »Al Comienzo Del Camino« by Venezuelan electronic pioneer Vinicio Adames has been reissued.
Music Review
Joseph Shabason
The Fellowship
That would be Fifth World: Canadian trumpeter Joseph Shabason presents his new album »The Fellowship«.
Music Review
Ssiege
Meteora
Nobody knows exactly who is behind Ssiege. One thing is clear: five new tracks have now been released on Knekelhuis under the title »Meteora«.
Music Review
José Carlos Schwarz & Le Cobiana Djazz
Lua Ki Di Nos
With »Lua Ki Di Nos,« the Hot Mule label rewardingly unravels the life of poet, musician and resistance fighter José Carlos Schwarz.
Music Review
Andy Stott
Never The Right Time
Zack. Without much notice, the Mancurian Andy Stott has released his new album »Never The Right Time«.
Music Review
Francisco Mora Catlett
Mora! I
»Mora! I«, the 1986 debut of American drummer and percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett has been reissued via Far Out Recordings.
Music Review
Francisco Mora Catlett
Mora! II
Even more mysterious than the first one, is this long-lost sequel. Now, »Mora! II« by Francisco Mora Catlett has been reissued.
Music Review
Mori-Ra
Japanese Breeze
»Japanese Breeze« condenses 12 tracks from Mori-Ra’s mix series of the same name.
Music Review
Hudson Mohawke
Hudson's Heeters Vol.1
Hudson Mohawke’s legendary demo tape »Hudson Heeters Vol.1« was released on vinyl for the first time.
Music Review
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END
»G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END« is the seventh album from the Canadians of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and their best in a long time.
Music Review
Robbie Basho
The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12
Robbie Basho is considered a pioneer of the steel guitar. Now the great »The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12« from 1976 has been reissued.
Music Review
Rogér Fakhr
Fine Anyway
With »Fine Away«, the Habibi Funk label has compiled and reissued songs by Lebanese songwriter Rogér Fakhr.
Music Review
Tomaga
Intimate Immensity
Tomaga have now released their latest album. »Intimate Immensity« is the conclusion and the highlight of this great London duo.
Music Review
Niko Tzoukmanis
Hope Is The Sister Of Despair
First released in 2013, »Hope Is The Sister Of Despair« by Niko Tzoukmanis has now been reissued in an slightly expanded version on Libreville.
Music Review
Robert Cotter
Missing You
»Missing You,« released in 1976 and recorded by Robert Cotter with musicians from Chic, has been reissued on WeWantSounds now.
Music Review
Gary Bartz, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jazz Is Dead 006
This time, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have brought California saxophonist Gary Bartz on stage for their »Jazz Is Dead« series.
Music Review
Steve O'Sullivan
Green Trax
A highly informative odyssey into techno history: »Green Trax« collects gems by British producer Steve O’Sullivan.