Composer (and Sudbury native) Daniel Lopatin’s fifth album — not including his scoring work for “The Bling Ring” — is a spiritual affair. Whether through the gleaming church organ presets that open and close the album, or the choruses of faux castrati that brighten “Still Life” and “Chrome Country,”
“R Plus Seven” draws energy from its sustained pull between the sublime and the plastic. Where 2011’s “Replica” felt like an active excavation of our commercially mortared memories, “R Plus Seven” feels more like a display case of the polished specimens. Brave the aggressive arpeggios that storm in on opening invocation “Boring Angel” and the reward is an album that shifts textures with the reckless confidence of a dream. On tracks like “Americans” and “Along,” this reverence for the synthetic is almost indistinguishable from his zeal for the real, and it’s a tension that gives all of “R Plus Seven” a unique sheen — and some potent fumes. (Out Tuesday)
MICHAEL ANDOR BRODEUR
ESSENTIAL “Along”Michael Andor Brodeur is assistant arts editor at the Globe. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.