Oneohtrix Point Never shares Ryuichi Sakamoto rework from ‘Love In The Time Of Lexapro’ EP – ahead of special ‘MYRIAD’ live show at The Roundhouse on March 8th
Oneohtrix Point Never shares Ryuichi Sakamoto’s rework of ‘Last Known Image Of A Song’ – taken from of his new EP ‘Love In The Time Of Lexapro’, which is out now on Warp Records.
The original version of ‘Last Known Image Of A Song’ featured on OPN’s critically-acclaimed album ‘Age Of’, which was also released by Warp earlier this year. Sakamoto’s rework takes the hypnotic and complex melody of the original song into an otherworldly realm, a stark and graceful retelling of OPN’s ‘Age Of’ album finale. OPN previously reworked Sakamoto’s ‘andata’ – the opening song from his 2017 album ‘async’.
The Lexapro EP also features another unreleased track from the ‘Age Of’ sessions, ‘Thank God I’m A Country Girl’, an acoustic version of ‘Age Of’ stand-out ‘Babylon’ performed by (Sandy) Alex G and OPN, together with the title-track ‘Love In The Time Of Lexapro’, which OPNpremiered at 3 sold-out ‘MYRIAD’ performances at Park Avenue Armory in New York, and which continue to be a highlight of these peerless live shows, which reach London’s Roundhouse on March 8th.
‘MYRIAD’ is a mind-expanding performance that blends live music, installation art and customised visuals to re-contextualise his ‘Age Of’ album, plus classic OPN material. It premiered at the Barbican in August last year – selling out over 3 months in advance.
At the Roundhouse OPN will expand upon the decadent grandeur of the original concertscape production – featuring live visuals from long-time collaborator Nate Boyce – to create something even more inspiring and spectacular.
OPN will be joined by a full band known as the MYRIAD ensemble, who are Kelly Moran (Warp), Aaron David Ross (Gatekeeper/Kelela/PAN) and Eli Keszler (PAN/Shelter Press).
In support, the sublime cellist and vocalist Kelsey Lu will perform, further augmenting what is set to be an incredible evening.
Praise for ‘Age Of’:
Stereogum – “So beautiful and strange and off-kilter and absorbing.”
The Guardian – “An often stunning contemporary electronic suite of symphonic melody, urgent chases, chaotic trap and mournful balladeering. His most moving yet.” 4/5
Mixmag – “Textures plough and pound through the album, revealing yet another new and unclassifiable side of OPN’s musical brain.” 9/10
Mojo – “Exploratory out-there pop. Frequently overwhelming yet unconventionally comforting.” 4/5
Resident Advisor – “Age Of is the sound of an internet addict sifting through the digital ruins, part of a culture jamming legacy for future generations, should they exist.”
Praise for ‘MYRIAD’:
The Guardian – “A jaw-dropping performance: a faithful yet fluid rendition of an album that, on record, seems laden with computer-assisted compositional quirks no human could master.”
New York Times – “It billowed and throbbed, tinkled and crashed, swooped and pealed around the grand space. No narrative, no matter how cosmic, could match the sound.”
The 405 – “The sum of all this is a show that astounds in its artistic ambitions. it’s hard not to feel like you’re being subjected to a sensory overload. It’s as though you just spent the last hour and a half plugged into a machine that transmitted the entirety of human existence into your brain, with all its hopes and anxieties amplified.”
The Line Of Best Fit – “An arresting and daringly original performance which will be etched into the minds of the audience for a long time.”
The Ringer – “Watching Myriad live was the closest I have ever gotten to feeling like I’m inside an Alien movie, and probably the closest I ever hope to come.”
Full ‘Age Of’ / ‘MYRIAD’ live dates:
: Pitchfork & Art Institute of Chicago Midwinter, tickets & info
‘Love In The Time Of Lexapro’ EP track-list
1. ‘Love In The Time Of Lexapro’ (new track)
2. ‘Last Known Image Of A Song’ – Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework (new remix)
3. ‘Thank God I’m A Country Girl’ (new unreleased track from the ‘Age Of’ sessions)
4. ‘Babylon’ – Alex G & OPN (new acoustic version of ‘Age Of’ album track