Oneohtrix Point Never Covers “I Only Have Eyes For You”
Tomorrow, Doug Aitken’s Song 1 installation holds court at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum. The aural component of this art piece comprises various covers of the Harry Warren & Al Dubin’s 1934 American classic “I Only Have Eyes For You.” Following the internet’s consumption of takes by Beck, No Age, High Places, and more, here is a stunner by Oneohtrix Point Never aka Dan Lopatin. The timing on this is uncanny since we just posted a track from his Ford & Lopatin partner, Airbird, though our focus is squarely on OPN’s transformative, ethereally gothic recontextualization. Elements of minimal drone, ambient electronics, and a mesmerizing sense of structure and pacing mark this as the most clearly experimental of the bunch, and a masterful one at that.
The Doug Aitken installation is tomorrow at the Hirschorn, and Lopatin will perform. If you can’t make it, you can catch the performance streaming on Pitchfork.TV. Also, here’s an interview with Aitken in Wired that’s worth a pass.