A large metal door slides into the ceiling, expelling a metallic tone that echoes through the dark chamber. A light flashes on, illuminating a gargantuan piece of machinery adorned with a CRT screen. You walk until you stand directly in front of the massive reflective surface. It sparks to life, and you are shown overwhelming images of the unknown. Vivid, grotesque, indescribable beauty canvases the screen. Your eyes are locked. You can’t look away . . .
Experimentalism is what makes the evolution of sound so exciting, but where does an artist go after they’ve proven across multiple records that they’re light years away from everyone else in terms of genre classification? Refine the melodies and journey further down the rabbit hole, of course. Garden Of Delete is the newest full-length from producer, musician, and composer Daniel Lopatin, AKA Oneohtrix Point Never.
Lopatin is a mastermind when it comes to studio wizardry, and he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to his experimental song structures and enveloping sound design. Otherworldly vocals, cavernous ambience, rapid synth melodies, breakneck percussion, and a myriad of contorted samples weave together to form abstract compositions that captivate, frighten, and perplex with strange, staggering beauty.
This is the artist’s weirdest record in a vast catalog of weird creations, but it’s also his most entrancing, funniest, most coherent and realized, and most likely to gain an audience outside of his long-time devotees. These tracks possess an energy never before seen on a previous Lopatin record, an energy that resonates with the bizarre in all of us. If you’re seeking experimental, otherworldly electronics, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)