Oneohtrix Point Never Talks the Left Turns of 'Replica'

Oneohtrix Point Never Talks the Left Turns of 'Replica'
Even though the release date for Oneohtrix Point Never's follow-up to the critically lauded Returnal isn't for a little while yet, anticipation is high for what Daniel Lopatin has in store for eager fans. Still, Replica should be sure to raise a few eyebrows from longtime listeners who have come to expect kosmiche-influenced odes to the cosmos.

Speaking to Exclaim!, Lopatin explains, "I was doing the Klaus Schulze noise-kid thing before it became interesting to people. Eventually it caught on with listeners, and I'm still kind of with it, but it's been so many years now. There were so many years of refining that sound that I got to a point where I was like, okay, there isn't any more refining to be done."

Indeed, Lopatin has taken a sharp left turn that has him indebted to early 2000s electronic visionaries like Matmos, Akufen and Matthew Herbert, utilizing a specific sample source across the record. The press release originally issued for the album stated that Replica was going to be "a "song cycle based around lo-fi audio procured from television advertisement compilations."

Expanding on those sample sources, Lopatin explains that they came from several DVDs purchased through Videomercials, a website that that specializes in compilations of television commercials.

"The DVDs are from 1985 to 1993, but I bought ones that were not geared towards children, mostly because they use a lot of the same annoying sounds," says Lopatin. "I really wanted harmonically rich samples. I'm a bit OCD and I studied library science, so I like to organize and categorize things, which made combing through ten DVDs of commercials super satisfying. There is such a vast graveyard of them that I knew it was going to be kind of fun to pick through."

There's already a precedent with Lopatin's repurposing of popular culture, most notable with his alter ego, Echo Jams, wherein he warps and chops pop songs into whole new realms. Those experimentations, at first done mostly for fun, helped inform the next direction for OPN and Replica.

"What I really wanted to do was a more thought-out, arranged and proggy version of Echo Jams. The initial idea was wondering what would it be like if Echo Jams played with OPN. I just had know how that would turn out."

Replica lands via Software, the Lopatin curated sub-label of Mexican Summer, on Tuesday (November 8). Down below, you can preview the record via a full-album stream. And if you're in Europe, Oneohtrix has lined up several dates. You can see the schedule here.

For more from Exclaim!'s Oneohtrix Point Never interview, click here.

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica by Mexican Summer