On OPN’s third single off the upcoming R Plus Seven, Daniel Lopatin acknowledges his role in forming the roots of vaporwave without succumbing to the micro-genre’s limitations. The jarring, repetitive phrases in “Zebra” reflect those used heavily in his proto-vapor masterpiece Replica, without evoking images of a crowded food court. Those percussive synth stabs are too sharp to even be allowed inside the perimeter of the mall. Though I was a little concerned when the press release claimed R Plus Seven “comes as close as Lopatin has ever gotten to anything resembling traditional song structure,” I don’t think we’ve got anything to worry about. “Zebra” and the previous singles indicate that OPN plans on staying weird. Listen below and check out R Plus Seven out 10/1 via Warp.
By: JJ Posway