Oneohtrix Point Never releases video for 'Lost But Never Alone'
13 November 2020
Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie
Magic Oneohtrix Point Never, the new studio album from artist & producer Daniel Lopatin, has been out less than two weeks and is already gaining traction as one of the most acclaimed releases of the year, including high praise from GQ, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, the FADER, The Guardian, Clash, Le Monde and more. In addition to the landmark Age Of album, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never follows the widely celebrated scores for Good Time (2017) and Uncut Gems (2019), which established Josh and Benny Safdie and Daniel Lopatin as one of the most visceral and enticing new director/composer partnerships in contemporary cinema.
Now the trio furthers their ongoing creative relationship with the Safdies’ psyche-bending video for “Lost But Never Alone”. Having originally bonded over a shared love of cult music and film, it’s tough to imagine anyone else being able to weave the imagery and performances of this music video into a defining, epic whole.
“Nostalgia is both warming and deeply depressing,” states Josh Safdie. “It’s a love/hate relationship. Emotions themselves are haunting. LBNA is a haunted piece of surfing— a screen-capture of our desire to pull meaning from the past at all times and the triumph of breaking through it with something else.”
“When the pandemic hit, Dan and I sat around sharing airchecks from mid-level radio dials from yesteryear,” he continues. “Cut up and edited so as to evade copyright problems playing entire songs. The results are these 40 min streams of time captured with snippets of radio-songs…. Aptly, one station in particular was known as ‘Beautiful Music.’ As the album took shape and I’d hear pieces of tracks, cut ups a la Steve Reich, the ghosts of upper and lower dial radio started to haunt me, I loved the feeling. I love the album and this song in particular fills me with a deep sense of sadness, angst, loneliness, creativity and of course triumph. We’re all lost but never alone.”
“There are few — if any — creative partnerships that are more exciting than Oneohtrix Point Never and The Safdie Brothers,” said Stephen Brower with Artist Relations at Amazon Music. “We’re extremely excited to participate in the premiere of “Lost But Never Alone” and can’t wait to hear what OPN has in store for ‘The Pit.’”
Last week, Oneohtrix Point Never debuted the first late night TV performance (as Oneohtrix Point Never), performing “I Don’t Love Me Anymore” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Accompanied by a live band of Eli Kezsler (drums) and Nate Boyce (guitar) and meta visual of a fantasy karaoke set, Lopatin (vocals, guitar, synth) performed one of the early fan favorites and album highlights, in classic OPN style.
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