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Returnal by Oneohtrix Point Never (ALBUM REVIEW)

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Uploaded on Aug 14, 2010

Released in 2010 on Editions Mego.

Oneohtrix Point Never is a guy named Daniel Lopatin, from Brooklyn, NY. He makes all manner of electronic soundscapes on his computer and on his Roland and Korg synthesizers.

Returnal starts off with one hell of a noisy trip. An overload of chaotic sonic static hullabaloo. It's a hot mess. After that, it takes a step back and blisses out.

The remainder of the album is just some wonderful, digital textures and synth tones. The album takes it time and gradually constructs these chilly, atmospheric soundscapes, full of subtle sonic complexity.

It's very nice. Ethereal even. The tracks have just enough variety to keep you interested, and have enough in common to give the album an enjoyable consistency. One tracks sounds like a B-side from Fever Ray.

I'd say if you enjoy Emeralds, Tim Hecker, Fever Ray or The Knife, there will be aspects of this album you might dig. If beatless, washes of digital sound is your bag, check it out. I found the music here to be very pleasant. I enjoyed the pulsing textures and restraint.

Good stuff.

7 / 10

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