In Oneohtrix Point Never’s music, baroque digital harpsichords, low-pitched vocals reminiscent of fictional pop anthems and pixelated synth leads converge to create an ideal soundtrack for the information era. Informed by the concepts of infinite scroll and Internet addiction, Age Of is Daniel Lopatin’s ninth studio album released as Oneohtrix Point Never. “As someone who was addicted to the Internet, I tried to depict my addiction, and other behavioral things I was grappling with through the way I put music together”—tells Lopatin, and in fact the feeling of wandering through a continuous feed of images, words and references it’s somehow evident when listening to the record. The appropriation and combination of stylistic canons from diverse music genres guide the tracklist to unexpected latitudes: the sexy, guitar-fuelled riff of The Station (originally written for Usher), the utopian grandiosity of the heartbreaking hymn Toys 2, and the orchestrated chants in Same (featuring vocals by New York-based artist and composer ANOHNI) contribute to challenging fixed listening habits.
It’s a dense, arcane album; a space for glacial drones, lonely hearts and condensed drum kits; a script for the inner chaos, an imaginary soundscape to the emotional apocalypse of the real life. Sound objects delve deep into obscurity and resurface in ephemeral moments of purity. The cover is graced by a painting by American artist Jim Shaw depicting the act of worship of three Caucasian, bourgeoise housewives towards the vestiges of a 2012 Macbook Pro.