Oneohtrix Point Never reveals collaborations with James Blake, Prurient, ANOHNI on Age Of; shares first single “Black Snow”

Oneohtrix Point Never reveals collaborations with James Blake, Prurient, ANOHNI on Age Of; shares first single "Black Snow"
He's my cousin, but doesn't he look almost exactly like DePaul's mascot? (Photo: Blake Wood / Art direction: Isamaya Ffrench)

Oneohtrix Point Never is releasing his new album Age Of on June 1. We all know this. But today, we get to know even more, as Daniel Lopatin has revealed further details about the record, including contributions from TMT favorites James Blake (keyboards, mixing, additional production), Prurient (voice), ANOHNI (voice), and Eli Keszler (drums), with additional help from Kelsey Lu (keyboard) and Shuan Trujillo (words).

We’re also treated today to a Lopatin-directed video for the album’s first single, “Black Snow,” a finger-snapping pop track with words by Shaun Trujillo, vocal assistance from Anohni, and lead vocals by Lopatin himself, including a text excerpt from Harmony Korine’s (excellent) Julien Donkey-Boy. The song is inspired by Nick Land’s Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, “a 1990’s collective of artist-philosophers that produced works of performance art, poetry and fiction.” More from the press release:

The original text is detourned into a lyric that equates the incomprehensible hugeness of nuclear war to UHF fuzz, whilst addressing the idea that we are a species destined for confusion. The song’s breakdown is courtesy of a uniqle instrument invented by Hans Reichel in 1987 called the Daxophone, and the outro is dominated by a house music-inspired organ riff shot through waves of noise. An extremely catchy, mutated pop song whose ancestry might fall somewhere between the mood of The Seventh Continent and Bruce Cockburn’s “If I Had A Rocket Launcher.”

Age of is out via Warp on June 1, the same day as Kanye’s new one. Whoa. Pre-order Age Of here, and watch the video for “Black Snow” below.

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