NYC’s ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER, Boston guy made real good, is on a strange path through forests of misremembered samples, deconstructed logic, and dream forged synth melodies, and we hope that he continues down said path forever. Over the last handful of years Dan Lopatin has made his name in the world at large via numerous releases, under several names including his own and especially as ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER, that deeply explore a world of cosmic synth jams and their interaction with layered landscapes of reverse engineered samples with a thick mossy electronic floor. Late last year Lopatin put out a collaborative record on SOFTWARE (Lopatin’s own label) with ambient experimental heavy TIM HECKER called INSTRUMENTAL TOURIST. It is a droning, glitchy mashup of the two artists’ styles that comes off as queasy, bent new age music riddled with experiments in the use of cheesy ethnic music presets, here melded wonderfully into the broken droning sound world of this collaboration. Mostly improvised the album was recorded in 3 days! Listen to “Intrusions” below. I would be very excited to listen to any future collaborations that these two might concoct.
Even more pressing than the need to check out INSTRUMENTAL TOURIST though is the fact that ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER is coming back to Boston TOMORROW (3/29) to play at Boston Harbor’s most inviting venue, the Institute of Contemporary Art. You should go, my wife and I will be there so you know it’s the shit. Say hello. Tomorrow night’s performance will be alongside visual artist NATE BOYCE whom Lopatin has been collaborating with live for some time. Watch a short video of theirs below as well. You won’t be bored.
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER performs with Nate Boyce on 3/29 @ the ICA in South Boston.