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Oneohtrix Point Never strafes myriad hyperstitious structures and patterns in pursuit of a futurist nostalgia across 'Garden of Delete', his scudding, delirious 2nd album for Warp and 10th solo since 2007.
Harnessing a gush of ideas in complex, morphing frameworks liable to leave you with an acute sense of temporal displacement, Lopatin weaves laterally and perpendicular like some viral algorithm thru overgrown, metastable realms of the internet's netherworld and all its ungodly sound/image-tessellations.
Doing so he's created an ostensibly parallel world that's actually just a veiled reflection of our own, one where imagined "hypergrunge" band Kaoss Edge could feasibly exist in anachronistic discord with 'Mutant Standard''s flashcore megadome trance accelerationism and the breath-catching PC Music refractions of 'Lift'.
You could practically name any major (and many minor) electronic music movements of the last 30 years, and find some trace of it warped and kerned to fit his nebulous designs. And the originality lies in his knack for juxtaposition and sleight-of-hand; jarring and filtering fractious textures, timbres and harmonic convolutions until they resemble nothing less than the synaesthetic light-to-sound display playing out under his glowing moonroof.
It's got subplots, arcing storylines, recurrent elph voices and even flashbacks to his seminal Eccojams (arguably the ground zero of Vaporwave) if you can keep up with his flow, but it's probably best experienced in the sense it was conceived; an immersive, non-linear and picnoleptic flood of polysemous sound/image syncopation, deconstruction and dissemination that feels something akin to hardwiring yourself head-first into Youtube.
Daniel Lopatin is one of those auteurs who "evolves" with each new release, and whose retro-futurist fixations have naturally come to define our current, increasingly flatland musical scape, whilst coming ever closer to a personal solution to somehow consolidate it all. In years to come we'll realise we were defining years of our lives by which OPN album we were into at the time. For the next few it's going to be 'Garden of Delete'.