Last week, when Billy Corgan live-streamed his ambient interpretation of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha novel, the best part was no doubt Oneohtrix Point Never mastermind Daniel Lopatin’s snarky live tweeting. Even if the comments did tickle the funny bone, props to Corgan for at least attempting a truly left-field adaptation of obscure, decidedly dated material. He could have easily just recorded some wrestling entrance music.
Still, Lopatin continually proves that his condescending ways have merit with a lengthy and well-documented catalog of impressive interpretations. Whether based on Ariel Pink songs or the pop gem “I Only Have Eyes For You”, each song is bent and twisted into new, fascinating life. Lopatin continues proving his mettle today with “Music For Steamed Rocks”, his interpretation of composer Witold Lutoslawski’s storied Preludes.
The piece was actually composed last year for the Polish Icons at Sacrum Profanum concert series, which has previously hosted Lopatin’s Warp label mates Clark & Aphex Twin. While I’m a bit rusty on my Lutoslawski pieces, Lopatin’s reworking proves to be absolutely gorgeous, a methodically-crafted mix of sweeping organ and lush, angelic harmonies. It’s basically the equivalent of a pop ballad for classical fans. Listen in below.
“Music For Steamed Rocks” is included on Lopatin’s Commissions I 12-inch, which features his version of “I Only Have Eyes For You” and an older piece entitled “Meet Your Creator”. It’s due out on Record Store Day (April 19th).
Commissions I Tracklist:
A1. Music For Steamed Rocks
A2. Meet Your Creator
B1. I Only Have Eyes For You