Oneohtrix Point Never “No Nightmares”

Oneohtrix Point Never has released a video for “No Nightmares.” The track from the album with a stunning vocal performance from Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, who also shares co-production credit for the album with Lopatin. The video stars both Lopatin and Tesfaye, rendered as abstract avatars traversing an ethereal CGI dream state. “No Nightmares” is directed by long-time collaborator Nate Boyce’s studio Reliquary House.

States Boyce, “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.”

The clip joins the previously released videos for the album in a trilogy that underscores the threads of influence of postmodern art and cult film that course through OPN’s music, from Charlie Fox and Emily Schubert’s entrancing stopmotion “Long Road Home” video’s overt homage to Georges Schwizgebel’s 1982 short film Le ravissement de Frank N. Stein to Josh and Benny Safdie’s psyche-bending video for “Lost But Never Alone.”