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Rifts by Oneohtrix Point Never
Released: Oct 2009
Label: Software
The idea of a synthesizer virtuoso might not evoke the most appealing imagery, given its associations of prog-rock excess. Fortunately, Daniel Lopatin leaves out the solo pyrotechnics and white spandex in these gorgeous analog fantasias. Collected from various out-of-print releases, the tracks on Rifts range from arpeggiated studies in pulse minimalism to droning ambient soundscapes, pretty enough to qualify as new age and gritty enough to reveal Lopatin's roots in the noise underground. Fans of Klaus Schulze, Steve Reich and Boards of Canada will find plenty to get lost in here. (This 2013 reissue adds even more rarities to the sprawling, lysergic compendium.)
Philip Sherburne