- Release Date 2010-05-31
- Label Editions Mego
- Catalog EMEGO104
Recorded and mixed at Ridge Valley Digital, Massachusetts July - August 09 & February 10
Akai AX-60, Roland Juno-60, Roland MSQ-700, Korg Electribe ES-1, Voice
Recorded using a personal computer
Mastered by James Plotkin
Tape-op & additional engineering by Al Carlson
Vinyl cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, April 1st, 2010
Design by Stephen O'Malley
Photography by Yelena Avenesova
'Returnal' is the fourth album from Daniel Lopatin's Oneohtrix Point Never project, after 'Betrayed In The
Octagon' (Deception Island, 2007), 'Zones Without People' (Arbor, 2009) and 'Russian Mind' (No Fun,
2009). All 3 albums being superbly compiled on the 'Rifts' double CD set (No Fun, 2009).
It sees Lopatin fine tune his craft for creation of deep atmospheres and texture even further. Starting off
with the mind blowing triptych of 'Nil Admiari'/'Describing Bodies'/'Stress Waves', which fires off into a
noise/rhythm excess before entering a zone of relative calm building to the melancholy of the final part.
This set the tone perfectly for the albums title track, a stunning out of this world ballad featuring Lopatin's
near desperate vocal delivery, ending what could be seen as one of his most chilling and thought provoking
sides to date.
The atmosphere is slightly lifted as the darkened sun comes up over the ruins on 'Pelham Island Road'
and 'Where Does Time Go', with the album closing with edgy broken beats and fourth world possible
landscapes of 'Preyouandi', which fades into the distance with echoes of the 'Returnal' chorus, closing
What's burnt into memory here is Lopatin's love affair with the long, slow path back home... the cycle...
the hypnotic sector... the ghost in the machine... and whether people are making dance music or hip hop
or space head music or metal, the ouroboros is present in every sector -- as it was in Bach's study, and
in the elephant songs of the Ituri forests.
Available on CD in digipack and LP in gatefold cover.