“Garden of Delete” by Oneohtrix Point Never

November 13. 2015 | By Dustin Ragucos


Oneohtrix Point Never
Garden of Delete

It shouldn’t be a coincidence that Massachusetts-based Oneohtrix Point Never‘s Garden of Delete has the acronym “G.o.D.” mostly because Daniel Lopatin is playing with his own Large Hadron Collider to create the musical essence of a God particle. In his composing, Lopatin gains a mastery of sounds that ricochet and leave subtle wormhole silence.

“Intro” settles listeners in by letting them listen to a robot grasping their bearings, perhaps running its rusted circuitry, waiting for the more controlled sound in “Ezra.” Control is short-lived, both for humans and the robot overlords through Lopatin’s samples and sound. “Sticky Drama” is a concussive burst of static exploding, producing shrapnel in the shape of foxes, acting as a gateway to the brain-sucking and contorted “Mutant Standard,” with its abrasive pitter-pattering along the base of one’s ears. Where one section can be reminiscent of Sweet Trip, another can suddenly be solely the unpredictable sound of Oneohtrix Point Never. “I Bite Through It” can make you safe in a comfortable melody at once, then feel like a pug mashing a keyboard the next moment.

On the first day, Oneohtrix Point Never created a world of sound. On the fifth, deletion. Seventh? He brilliantly created anew.

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