What if famous novel about the complexity of lovesickness but also reference to the complexity of contemporary mental health issues? The latest EP by postmodern-core superstar Oneohtrix Point Never has the answer. The titular tune is gradual, sweet and reassuringly understated - like a marine iguana. The EP packs in a Ryuichi Sakamoto rework, a collab with Alex G lifted off Age Of and a new b-side.
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4-track 12" EP on Warp incl. Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework.
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- Love In The Time Of Lexapro by Oneohtrix Point Never
Do you remember Eccojams? Daniel Lopatin remembers. I mean, he would, he made them. That highly sought after cassette full of distorted loops was released under the name Chuck Person back in 2010, long before he was signed to Warp Records and touring the world with a pair of sculptures.
That cassette was named for the 1992 Sega video game series Ecco the Dolphin, whose imagery has clearly inspired the delightful illustration of dolphins that grace the cover of Love In The Age of Lexapro, the latest EP from Lopatin as Oneohtrix Point Never. In doing so Lopatin reaches back, almost to the beginning of his career.
In 2014 when someone tried to cash in on Eccojams by setting up a fake Bandcamp page for Chuck Person, Lopatin tweeted that people should just make their own. And with his new EPs title track, he finally has. The track opens with a washed-out, distorted, and looped synth that carries the same wistfulness of the original Eccojams. It then stops. Lopatin directly intervenes, the track changes. The sorts of samples, effects and structure that have come to define Oneohtrix Point Never emerge and the track builds to a un Eccojam-ish crescendo. 'Lexapro' is the sound of Oneohtrix Point Never doing his best Chuck Person impression.
The EP also features a time-slowing remix of Age Of’s ‘Last Known Image Of A Song’ by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a heartfelt acoustic version of ‘Babylon’ featuring (Sandy) Alex G and new song 'Thank God I'm A Country Girl'. All are worth appendices to the stellar Age Of, but all lack the emotional significance of 'Lexapro'.
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