15 Mar Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete (2015)
Oneohtrix Point Never is Daniel Lopatin, an artist from Massachusetts. It took me years to pronounce his name correctly from trying to read it. He often works with Tim Hecker and Laurel Halo, whom I also love. He’s had many EP’s, collections and albums since 2007, notably 2010’s Returnal and 2011’s Replica. This is a take on on late-2015’s Garden of Delete.
Samples from some cartoon movie mixed in with some well-integrated, cataclysmic, intermittent background noise. Video game heroes and foes should take note for their next soundtrack.
04. Sticky Drama
The quintessential song if there ever was one. Melodic and poetic, while retaining the essence of the album. Sticky drama is the girl for me. The hesitation between the repetition is endearing. It leaves you grasping for what wasn’t. What’s wrong with the world? It even builds up to something of an accomplishment after the halfway-point disorder, and returns to its construct.
06. Mutant Standard
Makes you think OPN was working with Arca on this one. This track goes through so many transitions and elevations that it doesn’t need to be discussed. You just need to hold onto it, as it so desperately tries to hold onto nothing while giving you every indication that it’s struggling to do so. The end is alarming.
07. Child of Rage
If you haven’t ever watched the documentary, Child of Rage is a disturbing and interesting look into the mind of a child with that suffered a psychological trauma. It’s not for the faint of heart — it review the effects of severe abuse, neglect, lack of remorse, and the removal of reality from human emotion. Regardless of the intro, this is the most musically structured song of the record. It’s oddly disturbing.
The title makes me think of an animal in a cage, longing for his freedom and speaking to the tourists observing him.
09. I Bite Through It
My favourite track of the album. Thrashing at times, peaceful at others. Constantly transitioning between the two at uneven, unannounced, and unpredictable rates. Those are the best, they’re all the best. Even the calm parts aren’t polished, and they don’t give any indication as they will lead to anything more. But they do; they always do. Until it’s done.
10. Freaky Eyes
The organ rings through your brain. It pulses and pulses and pulses, until your realize that something has joined its relentlessness. The droning from the surrounding sound is interrupted by a message left on a phone or something, then with the remembrance of a distant positive memory. It quickly ends with cries of anger and telephone tones. And then, for the first time in a while, you get the feeling that an album is speaking to you. Directly to you. And you can’t comprehend a thing, but you know what it’s saying : there will always be disruption. But eventually, there will be serenity, even if amidst noise.
As layered as it can be, with it’s progressive synths, auto-tune vocals and its arena-rock guitars.
12. No Good
Oh, but it is Good. Serenity finds its place regardless of the expectations of the record. No amount of static or reverb can drone out the pleasantness of the ambition this collection of tracks has. It’ll be on repeat for a while.