Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven

Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
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A minute-and-a-half into "Boring Angel," Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) suddenly introduces arpeggiating synths, micro-sampled voices and rapid-fire cymbal shots into the long, deep organ drone that announces the beginning of his latest album, R Plus Seven. It's an intentionally jarring moment, one that sets the tone for Lopatin's follow-up to Replica. Where that album found him recontextualizing found sounds, R Plus Seven is built from his musical compositions, resulting in a slightly more melodic and far more dynamic full-length. "Americans" contains a variety of musical movements, "Zebra" is a sans-bass house track up until it revels in a warbling synth denouement and "Problem Areas" is a tumbling, horn-punctuated piece, but it's on closer "Chrome Country" that Lopatin issues his most potent melodic statement. Amidst strong, seismic chords from his trademark "woozy choir" vocals comes an emphatic, melodious organ solo that might have sounded out of place on his previous records. On R Plus Seven, it just sounds like triumph. (Warp)