One of the questions that Oneohtrix Point Never seeks to answer on 'Magic Oneohtrix Point Never' is: what is it that makes radio so appealing? Why, for example, in a hyper-individualised era of streaming what you want, when you want, do we come back to it? Is there something comforting about the jingles, ads or breathy presenter's announcements? What does it reveal about the presenter and the listeners? Can it bring people together? A fascination with radio has informed much of Daniel Lopatin's output and inspired his moniker, but this question posed itself more urgently this year as, like many of us, he found himself in a reflective mood. Radio, it seems, is the ideal medium to showcase and look back on Lopatin's musical whims and ontological concerns. His previous, detail-oriented work, which spans from vaporwave, to warped R&B and tense film OSTs (the Safdie brothers' 'Uncut Gems'), is concerned with nostalgia and the search for 'some feeling'.
Full Review >>