Composer, musician, and producer Daniel Lopatin, professionally known as Oneohtrix Point Never, recently collaborated with the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles to premiere his video for "Animals," starring Val Kilmer. Alongside the world premiere, Daniel presented cinematic assemblages from a handful of filmmakers, sharing the same experimental quality as his sounds that many have grown inspired by.
The critically acclaimed video and exhibit was the last we heard from OPN, until about a week ago when him and P.C. Music artist and cofounder A.G. Cook shared their year end list, featuring favorite 500 tracks of 2016. A list that is practically fully comprised of fictional artists, excluding mention of this remix sitting at number 228.
This cryptic method of teasing music is nothing new from Daniel Lopatin, when thinking back to how he teased his album "Garden Of Delete" by making up an entire band Kaoss Edge, with a full chronology, an insanely mystical biography, along with an alien by the name of Ezra that interviewed Oneohtrix.
Lopatin lends the same abstruse characteristics to his marketing as with the stories behind his music. In a late 2015 interview with The Fader, he explained that "Sticky Drama" was thematically developed around the joyous feeling of ejaculating for the first time. Lyrically it portrays similar innuendos as most mainstream pop, but in an anti-consumerist fashion that P.C. Music has successfully done with their releases.
A.G. Cook took the original, and chopped away at some of the dark, demented elements, and brought some colorful life to it by adding pitched layers to the vocaloids, and giving the lyrics more room to live freely.