Power of Persuasion
Label: Software Recording Co.
After several albums of rippling drones and synth fantasias in the style of Klaus Schulze, New York's Daniel Lopatin eases into more fluid, song-like forms on Replica. Along with his trusty Juno-106, he samples snippets of vintage TV commercials sourced from an online hoarder of broadcast ephemera, but there's nary a trace of thrift-store kitsch. Instead, he loops incidental rhythms and lush keyboards into cryptic, kaleidoscopic miniatures that open up into dreamscapes as wide as the horizon.