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Oneohtrix Point Never definitely disconcerts in 'Age Of'

Shirking the shallow lyrical expectations of electronic music to paint a nightmarish cyber despondency worthy of Black Mirror.

Trying to write about Oneohtrix Point Never’s Age Of feels like throwing synonyms for ‘disconcerting’ at the wall and hoping for the best. The Brooklyn-based electronic composer, Daniel Lopatin, wields inexplicably refracted sound like the keys of a piano, and on his ninth record has perfected his singular brand of electric dread. 

The title track is a harrowingly divine voyage through corrupted digital memory, each component meticulously fragmented. ‘Toys 2’ diverges somewhat, as its shimmering keyboards evoke a misremembered version of ‘Beat It’, lacerated by Radiophonic Workshop FX.

Age Of also contains Lopatin’s first true attempts at vocal tracks, draped in a heavily manipulated voice-box. They shirk the shallow lyrical expectations of electronic music to paint a nightmarish cyber despondency worthy of Black Mirror. On ‘Station’ Lopatin’s artificial croon decries a growing informational terror, while lead single ‘Black Snow’ retells an obscure cult’s bizarre prophecy of a chaotic digital entity.

Age Of feels like the music many imagined with the hyper-futurism of the new millennia, its nebulous insanity impossible to describe and essential to experience.

8.5