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Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Still Life’ Sounds and Looks Like an Android’s Nightmare

Sound man Daniel Lopatin to drop 'R Plus Seven' October 1

picture-18276-1372868632Chris Martins // June 25, 2013

Oneohtrix Point Never returns October 1 with R Plus Seven, his first album for the iconic electronic label Warp and a supposed departure from his warm and fuzzy 2011 opus Replica. Above you’ll find the first taste from the forthcoming platter: “Sill Life (Interspecies Excerpt),” a highly experimental piece that swerves closer to sound design than songcraft, per se. Surging electricity competes for space with liquid splash, squelching computers are pitted against a child’s voice, and ambient gush interacts with bassy blooms.

For the video, Daniel Lopatin loops in his frequent collaborator Nate Boyce, who provides discomfiting abstract 3-D imagery that seems perfectly suited to the sound. While what appears to be a series of ads flash by on the right side of the screen, strange mechanical shapes interact with a sea of mercury. It’s all very fragmented and sculptural, from Oneohtrix’s audio to the Boyce’s visuals.