Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:07 minutes | 930 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warp Records

The end of 2019 was soundtracked by one of the most unanimously critically acclaimed film scores of recent history, an anxiety-driven joyride paired to the Safdie Brothers’ noir thriller Uncut Gems. Unknowingly, Lopatin captured a universal feeling of dread that cuts even deeper in the current state of world affairs. And now, just as many artists are leaning into a newly discovered darkness as this year closes, Lopatin turns his dial towards a frequency of profound self-awareness on an even deeper journey inwards towards peace. With the backdrop of re-imagined programming for a soft rock-era format that symbolically spans from morning drive into late night hours, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never, the name a reference to a misheard play on words of Boston’s Magic 106.7, is a nostalgic and self-referential career defining body of work, collaging maximalist baroque within atmospheric glitter. Here Lopatin has mastered his own autobiography; an ornate musical double entendre from an artist making the most enlightened music of his career.

After Age Of in 2018 then his remarkable soundtrack to the Netflix film Uncut Gems, New-Yorker Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never has released a staggered album (three tracks on Drive Time Suite and then five more on Midday Suite before the release of the complete product), a strange approach for such a conceptual work. Magic Oneohtric Point Never (which references the Boston radio which inspired it, Magic 106.7 FM) is a somewhat distorted reflection of the artist’s adolescence. A record which gives its listener the impression of continually changing frequencies on a car radio, a collage of jingles and presenter announcements that are superimposed with twisting violins and sonars. There are also songs on this record, good ones, like ultra-lo-fi pop/folk of Lost But Never Alone, the ballad made up entirely of blips The Whether Channel, the futuristic new wave I Don’t Love Me Anymore and also No Nightmres, an alt-pop ballad featuring the synthesised voice of The Weeknd. Rife with emotion, introspection, abstraction, manifesto and hidden meaning, with Magic, Oneohtrix Point Never has created an entirely surrealist work of art. – Smaël Bouaici

1. Cross Talk I (00:22)
2. Auto & Allo (03:21)
3. Long Road Home (03:32)
4. Cross Talk II (00:49)
5. I Don’t Love Me Anymore (02:54)
6. Bow Ecco (02:11)
7. The Whether Channel (06:08)
8. No Nightmares (04:06)
9. Cross Talk III (00:12)
10. Tales From The Trash Stratum (03:28)
11. Answering Machine (00:58)
12. Imago (03:48)
13. Cross Talk IV / Radio Lonelys (01:08)
14. Lost But Never Alone (04:18)
15. Shifting (01:54)
16. Wave Idea (03:21)
17. Nothing’s Special (04:37)