Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
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Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #435 / 707
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Based on 50 ratings
2020 Ratings: #50
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October 30, 2020 / Release Date
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His eleventh Oneohtrix Point Never album is a neat distillation of his canon.

Loud and Quiet

It’s a thoroughly kaleidoscopic affair that proves to be one of the most imaginative and genre-defying records this end of 2020.


At its core, it’s Lopatin distorting the mechanisms of listening to and researching sound, in order to facilitate retroactive analysis.


MOPN would have landed much better if it abandoned the balancing act between the past and the present in exchange for wholehearted embrace of Lopatin's current realities.

Recorded throughout the pandemic and boasting a radio show concept, Daniel Lopatin has crafted what I believe to be one of his most refreshing, indulgent and oddly accessible albums in his catalog. "Magic Oneohtrix Point Never" is an album that I've always wanted "Age Of" to become while simultaneously being as strange, beautiful and engaging as his other works. While I wouldn't say it's essential OPN material just from these first couple of listens, "Replica" and ... read more
Daniel Lopatin’s stage name, Oneohtrix Point Never, is based on a mishearing of the name of an adult-contemporary radio station from the Boston area, Magic 106.7, and this album, “Magic Oneohtrix Point Never”, pays tribute to radio and vintage music while simultaneously being a boundary-pushing, immaculately produced avant-garde interpretation of ambient and progressive electronic. As the album opens with the first of 4 “Cross Talk” interludes, a wonderfully ... read more
Daniel Lopatin has always been a master of his specific brand of semi-ambient electronic soundscapes, experimenting with vaporwave, post-industrial, plunderphonics and art pop to craft a specifically unique, mesmerising and multi-faceted discography. Magic Oneohtrix Point Never may be his most indulgent project yet, diving so deeply into experimentalism that newcomers will have a hard time wrapping their head around it. Even after multiple listens, even I, a huge OPN fan, struggle to make heads ... read more
Pros: An incredibly trance-like listening experience, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never is a fluid and seamless psychedelic electronica record that's blistered with noise infused glitches in the backdrop of heavenly and ethereal soundscapes that's a classic trademark of OPN; the way the tracks and the album as a whole flow is similar to a radio FM station in the way it feels eminently nostalgic and hypnotically inducing you to the past as if you've experienced it yourself but often feels like a ... read more
Oneohtrix Point Never have just released what is one of the most magical and oddly nostalgic albums to come out this year. This record is really weird yet really beautiful at the same time. The odd autotune on the vocals are incredibly reminiscent of Bon Iver, yet the beauty and emotion of them pours through despite how despondent they usually appear to be. As a whole, the mood of the record is super gloomy and downhearted, and yet it relishes in these feelings and creates a beautiful ... read more
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Track List

  1. Cross Talk I
  2. Auto & Allo
  3. Long Road Home
  4. Cross Talk II
  5. I Don't Love Me Anymore
  6. Bow Ecco
  7. The Whether Channel
  8. No Nightmares
  9. Cross Talk III
  10. Tales From the Trash Stratum
  11. Answering Machine
  12. Imago
  13. Cross Talk IV / Radio Lonelys
  14. Lost But Never Alone
  15. Shifting
  16. Wave Idea
  17. Nothing's Special
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Added on: September 24, 2020