You have to be really skilled to take a bunch of the ’80s ad samples and turn it into something gorgeous like Child Soldier, the penultimate track on this wonderful album. It incorporates some video game-like noises and a juvenile choir to an otherwordly effect. Oneohtrix Point Never has already established himself as the ambient master with releases such as Rifts (2009) or Returnal (2010) but this is not simply another position on an impressive list. Replica will shoot him into another galaxy. The mysterious opener Andro thankfully avoids New Age kitsch. Is the dramatic Power of Persuasion about dawn or dusk? Up is a rare moment of uptempo. Finally, there is the title track. I have read that you can hear a nuclear blast here. Elsewhere, it’s a genius piano-meets-drone tune. OPN is not aiming for the past here as his latest opus is not nostalgic at all. Daniel Lopatin opens a vortex to the future but the cover image suggests we may not be happy about what we will find there. With its “hauntology” it is fine to say that Replica is the antithesis to the pagan cacophony of Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Andro, Child Soldier, Power of Persuasion, Replica, Up

Watch Replica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiwi7d0f91Y

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