September 8, 2011

Song Review: Oneohtrix Point Never's "Sleep Dealer"


On his 2010 breakthrough (and tenth best album on AS' year end list) Returnal, electronic noisemaker Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never found himself confusingly grouped alongside a burgeoning witchhouse scene when in fact the experimental musician had been doing his own thing well before certain music outlets began touting the subgenre. Despite the glitchy, cold and sometimes eerie ambiance brought to the soundboard, 0PN's work is best left uncategorizable, as "Sleep Dealer," the first listen off his forthcoming third LP, Replica illustrates. Perhaps in response to this misconception, the new track is a different approach for 0PN as it's built off scaled down productions of samples culled from vintage TV advertisements instead of moody electronica and glassy synths. "Sleep Dealer" very much sounds like its going some place very weird with its celestial sighs and hypnotic blips, bleeps and saxophone samples on loop. As far as first impressions go, Oneohtrix Point Never's Replica doesn't sound like an album title reading much into as "Sleep Dealer" teases your eardrums by covering just enough unexplained territory that continues to make Daniel Lopatin one of experimental music's most surprising soundscapers.

Oneohtrix Point Never - "Sleep Dealer"

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