The Brooklynite Daniel Lopatin is the man behind Oneohtrix Point Never. His previous album, Returnal
(Editions Mego, 2010), was made using vintage synthesizers to create widescreen ambient landscapes. His latest album, Replica
(Mexican Summer, 2011), manipulates samples from 80s TV commercials to construct evocative tracks of unexpected emotional depth. Although Lopatin has complained about people using the word "nostalgic" to describe his music, the term is rather apt. But Oneohtrix Point Never is not about dissecting retro aesthetics or glorifying some alternate version of the past (as may well be the case with his other project, Ford & Lopatin). In the best sense, Replica does indeed conjure a feeling of nostalgia: as if someone has hacked into your vaguest, most distant memories and reassembled them as clear recollections of things that never really happened.
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