Yeah I, too, kinda love this. Organic meets synthesized with samples, loops and synths. A fun and pretty varied journey. Some good images in my head now <3 Serious and playful, def my fav oneohtrix release atm. Recommended!
THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN WRITTEN WITHOUT TAKING IN CONSIDERATION THE QUALITY OF THE VINYL PRESSING. THIS REVIEW IS SOLELY ABOUT THE MUSIC.
Daniel Lopatin is truly an interesting producer in the market of indie electronic music. Whether you know him for the record that created the half-meme half-subculture genre of "Vaporwave" (Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1) or any other of his future studio albums (R Plus Seven, Garden of Delete, etc.), Daniel Lopatin has an amazing catalog for electronic music, that goes from progressive thinkpieces or ambient records filled with lush melodies and thick atmospheres. "Replica" is a perfect example of the latter. A very well driven, mesmerizing, intense, creepy, atmospheric experience. A record that doesn't overstays its welcome but whos looming presence makes it all the more memorable. As a record composed almost entirely from samples of different sources, the production in here is amazingly constructed, giving us numerous tracks that absorbs the listener into a spiral of complete auditive insanity, with a feel of mystique and morbid wonder that few albums from its same genre can replicate (no pun intended). Personally, I'm more fond of the lush, melodic ambient songs (examples include "Andro", "Remember", "Replica" and "Up") than the more plunderphonic based tracks (including "Sleep Dealer", "Child Soldier" and "Nassau"), but both work so well under the same album that it doesn't matter which genre are they based off. I'll admit that there are some moments in this album that sometimes drag for too long, but it's true that the record rewards patience with some nice tunes. Therefore, I recommend this album to anybody who likes some relaxing, ambient electronic albums. Ideal for those who like Brian Eno or Boards of Canada style of ambient composition.
This LP is afield from what i think most would consider OPN’s typical style of colliding juno arpeggios. Instead we experience a more sequenced sample-sample heavy collection that is one of the high points in OPN’s extensive discography. A neuromantic drifter, “Andro” leads the way with a chill cyber journey. “Power of Persuasion" breaks up the ambience with collage of repetitive loops defining a sound-space and then accompanied by a wandering blade-runner-esque melody. Already a sublime offering just a few tracks in. Fade to silence in order to usher in another jittery sample collage presenting an interesting narrative in "Sleep Dealer”. Wicked funky keys and ethereal pads round out the composition. This album is on a serious roll by now. “Remember” is not very memorable but still a suitable comedown from the choppiness of the preceding tracks. Slow ambient synths-cape action here. The A side closes off with a stunning rainy sampled piano piece with embellishment. Great closer to a very solid side.
“Nassau” leads off the B side with some frantic vocal sample stutter , barking dogs and cut piano sounds. Very intriguing percussive structure here. I’ve gotta say that this glitch-cut-sample-collage-style usually sounds very contrived to me, but OPN executes tastefully.There is even a great cinematic synth section briefly at the end that could have been a piece in itself. In need of another break in the action, “Submersible” comes through with a wintery forlorn synthscape that cuts to a high energy percussive thumper with a moronic vocal sample of the titular “Up” repeating through most of the track until it disintegrates into a trickling piano figure covered by incessant looping strings. "Child Soldier” is the rudest offering here with in your face triggered samples slapping at full volume throughout. String synth enters to soften the blow. The side closes on it’s longest piece “Explain” beginning with repeated artificial vox and psychedelic echoed strings. Soon a happy unimaginative bass line arises while the other elements swirl. Possibly the weakest piece of the bunch but still worth a listen.