Oneohtrix Point Never Explores Emoji Love and Death in ‘Boring Angel’ Video
Latest 'R Plus Seven' piece comes courtesy director John Michael Boling
Oneohtrix Point Never has crafted yet another music video for his latest full-length, the 50 Best Albums of 2013-honored R Plus Seven. After the visuals for “Problem Areas,” “Zebra,” “Still Life (Interspecies Excerpt),” and “Still Life (Betamale),” ambient maestro Daniel Lopatin has shared a companion clip for “Boring Angel,” the opening mood piece from his Replica follow-up.
Directed by John Michael Boling, the new video takes a minimalist, modern-day approach. All we see is a stream of emojis (maybe OPN’s been studying Chief Keef’s playbook?) set against a white backdrop. As the song expands beyond its organ-led opening, the emoji changes. A sullen face is swapped with a clock as ticking sounds underscore the track. When the tempo accelerates halfway through, the icons quickly rotate between a woman’s face, a lovestruck smiley, a broken heart, cigarettes, money, a wine glass, a syringe, and more.
Lopatin and Boling lead us through an entire lifetime by way of emoji, and, like life, the video ends (spoiler) with death. Watch it all unravel above.