R Plus Seven Turns 10

I wish I could say that I loved Daniel Lopatin’s 2013 masterpiece R Plus Seven the first time I heard it. But, in all sincerity, it’s an album that scared the absolute shit out of me for many years. As a teenager, I religiously watched Animal Collective live videos on YouTube. This habit tapped me into an algorithm of popular 2010s hypnagogic experimentalists like Battles, Gang Gang Dance, and, of course, Oneohtrix Point Never. While a lot of those artists went over my head at that young age, I was usually able to at least mesh with their colorful psychedelia. Yet whenever I would press play on R Plus Seven, I felt like I was doing something illicit; the cyber-dystopian album evoked hacking into some cryptic, ugly website loaded with government secrets.


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