This is the final bit of Oneohtrix Point Never news before the new album, Garden Of Delete, drops tomorrow.
OPN, aka Daniel Lopatin, has finally released the first real song, Ezra, as a single on Soundcloud. I really want to share this with everyone because it’s not only a great introduction to the new sound; it’s a layered world of sound unto itself. Enjoy:
Please allow myself to quote… myself here:
“Ezra, the first proper track, leaps from the midi-fired dreams of the previous album, reaching speed behind sheets of Philip Glass-like shrill arpeggios. It appears to crest before the two minute mark, suddenly projecting the nanomachine-clogged cyberpunk future of 2000’s Deus Ex in silhouette. Maybe it’s a sample?”
I think it is a sample. Decide for yourself.
Speaking of this game, the original Deus Ex is both an action-RPG masterpiece, and a definitive work in the cyberpunk canon. It’s the precursor to modern games like Fallout. It’s got a great soundtrack too. Sounds like Lopatin might have played it, too. It’s about $7 on Steam if you’ve never played it.
So I’ve written a lot about Lopatin’s work lately, partly out of excitement for this work, and partly out of a desire to connect with what I see as the most forward-thinking, interesting music being made today. If this is the first piece on the site you’re reading, you might want to see these:
First single: “I Bite Through It”
Oneohtrix Point Never “Mutant Standard”
Oneohtrix Point Never’s Mindbending “Sticky Drama” Video
Garden of Delete drops tomorrow! It’s his first full length in 2 years, so be sure to check the album out on Spotify or wherever, if you’ve been a good kid and ignored the leak. I’m just hoping that gorgeous 2LP vinyl arrives on time.
2 thoughts on “Oneohtrix Point Never – Ezra”
Haha, I love you for drawing the comparison to Deus Ex. It does sound like it could’ve been sampled, but with Lopatin, who knows??
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True, maybe he recreated it using Midi? I love that the aesthetics that I was into in 2000, dorky as they were at the time, are now being repurposed into avant garde awesomeness nowadays. I guess I like to think that OPN had a similar media upbringing.