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Really really gutted, I can't attempt the Paris show because of work schedule...

PM me if you'd like to get my ticket, I'm selling it at 20€ (paid ~30€ initially).

I'm going tonight but I already have a ticket.

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Here's the official salvy review of 'Age Of'. it isn't very good but I have been forced to start a music review blog. So here's review #1.

 

So this came out on June 1st I believe. It is probably something like his 20th full-length record? Daniel Lopatin a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN) has a lot of singles & EPs too. Discogs says 51 in total, and also this guy invented vaporwave back in 2010 with his “eccojams” which were just endless loops of chopped & screwed pop song hooks with lots of delay and reverb (check out END OF LIFE ENTERTAINMENT SCENARIO #1). Basically, D-Lo has released a lot of music in the last ten years and he has been quite influential.

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That kind of taking apart and re-molding of cultural miscellany has continued to inform OPN’s music ever since, but with every album he’s gotten a bit more hyper. Anyhow let us get to this album. “Age Of” is a bit of a mixed bag, as they say. Like Gorp or something, unless you love chompin down on a bunch of weird shit all at once, you might not like every moment of this album. I’d say it is OPN’s take on a prog album or something. The album starts out with the title track “Age Of”, which is kind of grandiose with harpsichords n’ such boppin around with static yelps and screams ripping it apart. It has a bit of a free jazz sound, which is promptly negated by the following track.

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There are several attempts at what one might consider “pop” songs on this record. There’s “Babylon” which sounds like a Bon Iver song, but it ends up being more of an odd pop-country ballad. “The Station” which actually started as an instrumental commissioned by Usher but was rejected. This tune is pretty deece. It has this grunge/90’s rnb hybrid thing going on and then it fades into space ambience over a general midi guitar loop. Feels a bit like a cop-out. Then there is “Black Snow” which has this beat poet / country singer / android vibe going on. A leisurely paced tune that dips into the uncanny valley as it goes on with strange inhaling noises and groaning sounds. Those are really the three tunes that border on being “pop”.

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Peppered between those 3 tunes are “Manifold”, which is a contemplative interlude that is a good aural synecdoche for the rest of the album. It fuses a pleasantly sombre piano ostinato with wailing synths and distorted and reversed rhythmic screaming. There is “Toys 2” which apparently was OPN making a hypothetical main theme for a sequel to the 1992 bizzaro fantasy movie starring Robin Williams. It’s a slightly bombastic and positive sounding piece that is very melodic, yet doesn’t forget to add some creepy distorted bits. It almost settles into a loopy new age loop that was one of the defining features of his 2013 album, “R Plus Seven”. However, it doesn’t capture the feeling of awe that I got from that album.

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Anyhow, after “Black Snow” it gets into the good stuff (for me, at least). “myriad.industries” serves as a minute-long bridge into the second half of the album, which I find to be the more compelling half. The interude features aquatic knocking, crows squawking, more glitchy harpsichord noodling, and a creepy Ligeti choir outro. Then we get “Warning” which is a tense and cinematic thing that has this ominous voice repeating “WARNING, WARNING, WARNING, WARNING”, etc. It has sounds of glass breaking and seamlessly transitions into something like a trap beat with kind of paint-by-numbers OPNisms carrying it out.

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“We’ll Take It” follows, with spacious metallic reverb surrounding a beat that sounds like someone harshly pulling on packing tape. There are deep and militaristic pads that remind me of the game MDK (check it out sometime). It of course, abruptly ends, like most things on this album. “Same” is one of the cooler moments on this album, with collaborator ANOHNI’s highly processed vocals providing some kind of cultish refrain while the space around the track flitters around in glitched out chaos and screaming while ironically falling into religious sounding choir and organ.

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“RayCats” is where the album takes the best turn, IMO. It hones in on an energy and aesthetic that I wish this album would’ve focused on. Basically this tune, “Still Stuff That Doesn’t Happen” and “Last Known Image Of A Song” feel a bit like a suite. They have a similar kind of sombre, noir-ish jazzy sound comprised of verb’d out pads, melodic dulcimer passages, acoustic bass, brushed snares, culminating in an enjoyable melancholy. I’d love to hear an entire album of this kind of posthuman jazz…(hint: there are plenty of albums out there that achieved just that, like, 30 years ago).

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All that said, I would recommend anyone watch the music video for “Black Snow” if they want to see some real surrealist shit

 

-salvatorin

 

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Hell yeah. Raycats and Same are where it's at for me, and also, agree about the bit about R+7 being the awesome.

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Almost forgot to check my adobe slats... Don't miss out on this!

 

$10 to see the Myriad show at Merriweather Post Pavilion on October 13th. 

 

https://opusmerriweather.com/

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Opn please never play festivals again.

 

The myriad show I saw in Paris was brilliant.

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Almost forgot to check my adobe slats... Don't miss out on this!

 

$10 to see the Myriad show at Merriweather Post Pavilion on October 13th. 

 

https://opusmerriweather.com/

 

This event is now freeeeeeeee

 

Opn please never play festivals again.

 

The myriad show I saw in Paris was brilliant.

 

Can't wait for the quantum bits from this free show to affect your past experience.  :cisfor:

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OPN go on chapo

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Love In The Time of Lexapro title track for next EP - listen here (timestamp: 35m35s). Ryuichi Sakamoto remix of an album track included. Out 23rd November.

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Love In The Time Of Lexapro EP

WAP429

23/11/2018

 

1 Love In The Time Of Lexapro (4:06)
2 Last Known Image Of A Song (Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework) (4:26)
3 Thank God I'm A Country Girl (2:05)
4 Babylon (Oneohtrix Point Never & (Sandy) Alex G) (3:40)
 
"Warp presents Love In The Time Of Lexapro, the new EP from Oneohtrix Point Never.
 
Featuring the long-standing live favourite title track, the EP is perfectly complemented by collaborations between OPN and Ryuichi Sakamoto, plus an acoustic collaboration of the haunting ode to New York City, 'Babylon' featuring Alex G, as well as the brand new cut 'Thank God I'm a Country Girl'.
 
Love In The Time Of Lexapro continues the worldwide take over that began with the 'Age Of' album, 'The Station' and 'We'll Take It' singles, delivering here another outstanding, extended session."
Edited by jasondonervan

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Love In The Time Of Lexapro EP

WAP429

23/11/2018

 

1 Love In The Time Of Lexapro (4:06)
2 Last Known Image Of A Song (Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework) (4:26)
3 Thank God I'm A Country Girl (2:05)
4 Babylon (Oneohtrix Point Never & (Sandy) Alex G) (3:40)

 

 

 

Dude is doing an amazing job with the artwork lately. 

 

Lexapro is a great track! I like when he's able to keep a consistent sound for a full tune. Nice vibes on this one.

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You're gonna love that era of his when he kept a consistent sound for 4 years

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oh fuck yeah, title track is lush, sounds like his older stuff

 

and yeah that artwork is amazing as per usual

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oh great - babylon. everyone loves babylon.

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oh great - babylon. everyone loves babylon.

 

dam rite

 

 

 

Roundhouse ting:

 

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Edited by jasondonervan

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1118591idtj.jpg

 

Love In The Time Of Lexapro EP

WAP429

23/11/2018

 

1 Love In The Time Of Lexapro (4:06)
2 Last Known Image Of A Song (Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework) (4:26)
3 Thank God I'm A Country Girl (2:05)
4 Babylon (Oneohtrix Point Never & (Sandy) Alex G) (3:40)

 

 

 

Dude is doing an amazing job with the artwork lately. 

 

Lexapro is a great track! I like when he's able to keep a consistent sound for a full tune. Nice vibes on this one.

 

 

Some Christian Lassen vibes from this artwork

 

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is the Eccojams throwback to obvious to even mention or did nobody notice

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is the Eccojams throwback to obvious to even mention or did nobody notice

Trying to figure out why i thought "oh shit, Ecco the dolpHin, nice" but not of Ecco jams specifically. Like should have been one simple extra neuron firing right?

 

those drugs tho

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Goddamn this is good

 

Lusher synth pad at beginning reminds me a bit of Lone sans the drum machine and house-y rhythms.

 

 

That bit around 0:50 is gorgeous, love his use of bass. Man, his composition skills have really grown. This single shows how much he's come full-circle, he's returned to his older timbres, equipment, direction BUT with a fresh take on his composing, phrasing, and song structures.

 

I feel like Age Of was a preview of a new era of music from 0PN. Really, really digging this.

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there-must-be-something-in-the-water-my-

 

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That Lexapro track was better than anything on the album.

 

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Lexapro is awesome indeed. A much refined Age Of / Good Time track. It's so good to hear so many good tracks coming off the Age Of project !

Can't wait to hear the other tracks as well. Yeah, even Babylon (except if it's a full acoustic guitar cover of the original tune)

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I love OPN so much. You can hear so much influence from him in other ambient artists it's ridiculous.

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Lexapro is awesome indeed. A much refined Age Of / Good Time track. It's so good to hear so many good tracks coming off the Age Of project !

Can't wait to hear the other tracks as well. Yeah, even Babylon (except if it's a full acoustic guitar cover of the original tune)

 

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Hey, I'm playing a fine-ass version of "Black Snow" on acoustic guitar, it's heart-warming I tell ya  :emotawesomepm9:

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it was pretty weird at the Barbican when he put a stool down at the front of the stage and got a guitar out. he said "okay guys I'm just gonna bring it down a bit" and performed an acoustic version of Babylon, and the entire audience pelted him with tomatoes

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Just cos.

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