Record Label: Software
Onehotrix Point Never is Daniel Lopatin, a U.S. native whose work has brought him to the forefront of the modern electronic composition scene. Though Lopatin's rise felt meteoric following his 2009 double album anthology Rifts and its 2010 follow-up Returnal, his love of polyphonic synthesizers dates back to childhood jam sessions with his father's Roland Juno-60.
Replica is an electronic song cycle based around audio procured from TV ad compilations. These sample-based meditations are as lyrical as they are ecological, featuring re-purposed "ghost vocals" which serve as narration for Lopatin's signature amorphous, ambient passages. Lopatin's Juno-60 is still prominent, but Returnal's placid, synthetic surroundings are accelerated through darker, more unpredictable terrains via Lopatin's use of samplers, analog filtering, tape-op, piano, plate reverb and sub-bass. The result is a heightened sense of music as part and parcel of an overall sonic terrain.