Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, has made quite an impression on the noise/electronica scene as of recently. After numerous limited CD-Rs and vinyl he compiled everything on Rifts, a brilliant two-disc trip through trippy electronic psychedelia, throbbing Boards of Canada synths and occasionally a bit of harsh noise. It was the more chilled-out and ambient moments of that compilation which really made an impact though, and despite the ear-bleeding white noise which starts off opening track 'Nil Admirari', Returnal takes this to more transcendantly brilliant levels. Natural sounds are mixed with fuzzy, scattered synths on tracks like 'Stress Waves', while the title track sees squeaky vocals taken right out of Battles last album and pushed up through a sea of ghostly, bubbling bursts of electronics. Lopatin's prolific nature doesn't seem to have diluted his sound at all, and this album sees him on wonderfully wacked-out form.