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Album of the Week

Artist: Oneohtrix Point Never

Title: Garden of Delete

Label: Warp Records

Genre: Progressive Electronics

Released: November 13, 2015


by Emmett Williams - 11/11/2015

It’s hard to know where to begin with this. Electronics is a pretty under-developed area of my own musical background; for me it was always kind of difficult to sift through all the EDM/IDM and actually invest time in the genre. I also have basically no prior knowledge of Oneohtrix Point Never, besides listening to a few tracks from the earlier album Replica. So I went into this album pretty much blind. That being said, this is easily one of the best releases of 2015 so far. It’s very eclectic and unpredictable, swinging from ambient to glitch to plunderphonics almost at random, holding only a tenuous connection to the previous movement. The fact that the tenuous connection is there, however, 9 out of 10 times, is absolutely unreal, as it allows the album to basically flow wherever it wants and still be cohesive. The amount of variety between tracks is unbelievable, with vaporwave on ECCOJAMC1, fast dance beats in Ezra, and gentle swells of noise in Animals just to name a few. ECCOJAMC1 in particular is an entertaining track, as the name evokes the classic vaporwave album Chuck Person’s Eccojams Volume 1, and the distorted, bassy voice reminds one of FLORAL SHOPPE. At its best, this album is a wild adventure, with the constant and eccentric shifts in style and tempo providing a very dynamic and entertaining listening experience. At its worst, however, it feels like waiting for a lecture to end. The greatest weakness of this album, for me, is that it’s so eclectic that I can only take it in small doses. That aside, it’s still an incredibly strong album, and should be an influence for anyone aspiring to work with electronic music.

Favorite tracks: Ezra, Sticky Drama, Mutant Standard, Child of Rage, Freaky Eyes

Least favorite track: No Good

Score: Strong 7 to decent 8 out of 10