Oneohtrix Point Never
Garden of Delete


4.0
excellent

Review

by Benjamin Kuettel STAFF
April 1st, 2020 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Daniel Lopatin indulges in darker atmospheres with an erratic flair.

Daniel Lopatin’s project Oneohtrix Point Never has emerged as one of the forerunners of modern innovative electronic music. There have been subtle changes to his style over time, but Garden of Delete is the most drastic so far and sounds truly uncompromising. The penchant for technological patterns that sounded intricate yet fragmented is shown through a darker, more disturbing lens here. Lopatin’s music has always been challenging and unique, but Garden of Delete takes things to new heights masterfully. A 30-second intro of static noise and warbled noises introduces the album and “Ezra” follows, with a sharply edited melodic phrase that spirals into all manner of developments and varied instrumentation. “Sticky Drama” follows and unfolds like a demented dance track, meshing together fast edits of frantic drums blasting, an epic chorus with alien vocals, and wall-of-sound synthesizers. Nothing about this song should work and by all accounts be a complete mess, however Lopatin displays a remarkable skill at stitching these disparate elements together and completely pulls it off. This is the skill behind what the album becomes: a transformative and unpredictable experience that sounds truly unique.

Garden of Delete contains so many ideas and musical passages that multiple albums probably could have been made from it. The epic “Mutant Standard” begins relatively patiently with samples and busy rhythms that gradually become noisier and more bewildering as it goes on, contorting itself in all manner of sounds throughout. Some moments offer a reprieve, including calmer album highlights that sound fitting for predecessor R Plus Seven like “Child of Rage,” “No Good,” and “Freaky Eyes.” The latter begins meditatively, but transitions into a glittery pop melody which transforms into a dissonant soundscape of high-pitched squeals and distorted voices before calming down into static and ambiance. Garden of Delete may consistently seem intent on pushing the boundaries of taste, but impressively does not devolve into self-indulgence or gimmicks. Even at its most off-putting, the sounds are purposeful and pre-planned. The record is so ever-changing and intricate that it remains one of the most rewarding electronic albums of the decade. Garden of Delete contains sounds that could be from another dimension, one just as random and twisted as ours, just without the pretense of order.



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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2020


19433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoo, 100 reviews! Wanted my 100th to be for one of my favorite electronic albums of the decade. R+7 and this are my favorites.

bigguytoo9
April 1st 2020


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Saw OPN tour for R+7 and then a year later this album. He is fucking amazing live. Hope he tours again once this Covid shit is over with.

Gyromania
April 2nd 2020


32525 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is a masterpiece

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 2nd 2020


67003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Album sucks

parksungjoon
April 2nd 2020


33119 Comments


lol

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parksungjoon
April 2nd 2020


33119 Comments


gr8 writeup as expected from talons


will have to cheque for sure

Slex
April 2nd 2020


11744 Comments


Nope Gyro has it right

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 2nd 2020


67003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

That's inherently paradoxical

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 2nd 2020


67003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

You lost what little credibility you had left with nadia and u.s. girls anyway

Slex
April 2nd 2020


11744 Comments


That US Girls album is fucking atrocious what you mean

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2020


38772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Yay, a Talons archival review! Happy 100th my dude, gonna give this a read and hopefully check at some point

mindleviticus
April 2nd 2020


10254 Comments


I like some tracks off this one but I couldn’t get into nearly as much as R plus seven or replica

Gallantin
April 2nd 2020


1903 Comments


Best album of the 2010s, one of the best albums ever made, period

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2020


19433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks park and Johnny!

This was my favorite OPN for a while, but I relistened to his discography for the first time in a while recently and R+7 really clicked for me in a way that hadn't before. I think that may be slightly better, but it's close.

Asdfp277
April 2nd 2020


23394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

swagg

gryndstone
April 3rd 2020


2053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still my favorite of his

Pangea
April 3rd 2020


6757 Comments


i have to listen to this at some point. nice review!

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2020


21105 Comments


never liked this album and what it portended for OPN's sound: don't like those movie soundtracks either. but it's all love for lopatin

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2020


14523 Comments


Happy century Ben : ]

DoofDoof
April 7th 2020


10020 Comments


Absolute 10 out of 10 certified classic

Best electronic album of the 10's



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