Boomkat Product Review:
Arriving like some blockbuster sequel to 'Returnal', Oneohtrix Point Never's eagerly anticipated 'Replica' sucks us deep into a simulated 4.1 world fantasia.
Most strikingly, his sonic palette is far broader than before, adding piano keys, Techno beats and somersaulting glitch edits with a fancier, hi-tech studio-honed sound design, articulating a more kinetic, progressive vision of timeless electronica. There's a palpable sense that he's excitedly exploring every option afforded him by the Mexican Summer studios, immersing himself and us in a vivid off-planet adventure every bit as sincerely lush and awe-inspiring as previous solo outings, but moving out of the shadows of his over-referenced influences and into the light of a stranger, alien sun.
There are still obvious reminders of David Byrne & Brian Eno's 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts' or Eno and Jon Hassell's 'Possible Musics' and moments of Sakamoto-esque sublime, but there's also traces of Nicholas Collins' stutter-circuits and the digital dreams of mid-eighties Chris Carter. To be honest, we've not had a chance to spend much time with 'Replica' (sort it out promo people!), but we can guarantee it's going to be getting much closer inspection. From initial impressions it's hugely promising!