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Oneohtrix Point Never Unveils Video For No Nightmares Featuring The Weeknd

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Artwork: Robert Beatty

Oneohtrix Point Never has dropped a new video.

The clip accompanies No Nightmares from Daniel Loptain's latest album, 'Magic Oneohtrix Point Never', released back in October via Warp.

The track features ethereal vocals by the Weeknd, who also stars in the dreamlike CGI-based creation, which was directed by longtime Loptain collaborator Nate Boyce's studio Reliquary House. Boyce said:

"Dan initially sent me an excerpt of 'Fear of the Inexplicable' by Rilke as a prompt to start working on our idea of a debased animation. Abel and Dan traverse psychoanalytically charged scenarios and spaces that evoke a lurid mix of art and architectural references. Eventually I started to associate the implications of the Rilke poem to the biblical story of the Binding of Isaac, an anxiety inducing story I hated as a kid that became a subtext for the latter half of the piece.

"Despite the fact that Abraham is thwarted by divine intervention, I was terrified by his incomprehensible zealotry and willingness to sacrifice his own child, who I identified with. This story ensured my eventual atheism, but also my ongoing fascination with how these archaic stories, symbols, and motifs have continued relevance even now, and in many ways still structure our experience. So, as it happens in the animation, this process of individuation through archetypal projection starts with heroic ideations that devolve into anxiety and fear, culminating in a carnivalesque mockery of the faith required to confront these fears."

'Magic Oneohtrix Point Never' also boasts contributions from Venezuelan record producer, DJ, singer and songwriter Arca, and American artist Caroline Polachek.

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