Rifts

It's unclear whether he likes John Tesh and Yanni, but Daniel Lopatin is likely the first bearded Brooklynite to defend the ginger-infused balm of New Age music. An heir of Brian Eno, Lopatin records as Oneohtrix Point Never, and after the deserved acclaim for his 2011 ambient thriller Replica, he has compiled three hours of music he recorded or released in prior years. More than most electronic instrumentals, Lopatin's shifting layers of beatless pulses seem to have a plot; they're as forlorn as they are chilly, as though accompanying a scene where WALL-E pines for EVE. New Age is meant to pacify us, but the gentle tones of Rifts depict calm as a lonely and uncertain state.

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