[2 June 2011]
I’ve been hearing a bit of a backlash over Ford & Lopatin’s yet-unreleased Channel Pressure. While I don’t have a copy yet myself, I am nevertheless quite impressed by lead singles “Emergency Room” and “World of Regret”. This video may not convert the weary, particularly those who were expecting Scritti Polliti only to be greeted by Dan Deacon. Musicially, I’d still contend that the future-tech of Max Tundra is the closest kin (with a slightly better attention span), but the visual analogue of “World of Regret” features an ultra-retro world of early computer animations. In fact, this clip rather aptly describes the evolution of the digital age; a fascinating, vast, multivalent, and exotic world begins showering down tasty delights from the heavens. The treats soon turn to a glut that eventually consumes and buries the two men (Tigercity’s Joel Ford and Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin, formerly known as GAMES) until their minds are completely detached from their bodies, assumingly assimilated completely into cyberspace.