Of course, unpredictability has always been a hallmark of the OPN sound. On lead single "I Bite Through It," a charging chorus of distortion is sonically diffused and reduced to a single, wispy guitar chord, while "Freaky Eyes" changes gothic organs to a pop song drowning in static with the turn of a radio dial. "Sticky Drama" nears black metal territory, with sinister vocal samples and the semblance of double-bass drums.
For all its compelling complexities though, Garden of Delete still manages to sound accessible — "Animals" might have been pulled right from the Top 40, but perhaps something went horribly wrong in the mixing process. A sound collage like no other, Garden of Delete finds Lopatin engaging listeners with an album that almost defies description. (Warp)