Daniel Lopatin's output was always going to get him noticed, but in the build-up to his fourth solo studio album, R Plus Seven (he seems to have a fascination with the letter 'r', as this follows on from Rifts, Returnal and Replica), it did so in unexpected ways. In recent months, not only has he made the leap from putting out his own records via Software Recording Co. to signing with an electronic powerhouse label, he has also caught the eye of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and remixed one of the songs from Hesitation Marks.

You could certainly say that things are taking off for a man who's definitely put the work in - now on his fifth album in as many years, after teaming up with Tim Hecker for the sublime Instrumental Tourist last year.

Lead single 'Problem Areas', which displayed a clear Philip Glass influence, hinted at Lopatin crafting a crossover hit, but thoughts can easily be dismissed by the time 'Boring Angel' drifts to a close. It's anything but boring, and sounds appropriately celestial. Its brief organ-and-choir coda initially hinting that the song is about to ascend into the heavens, but it splinters, and from these new pieces, 'Americans' is formed - with its arpeggiated synths and gentle melody ebbing and flowing through crackling rhythms, before it opens up with an ethereal flourish, polyphonic in texture and completely captivating.

His debut for Warp is presented as challenging music for the head, but in truth, it's vibrant, colourful and speaks as much to the heart - perhaps even more so. It's easy to imagine the cut-up vocals that are almost omnipresent in the tantalisingly brief 'He She' with a similarly stammering, glitchy rhythm behind them, but Lopatin's mastery of his craft is such that he never forces anything upon his material, and as such, nothing sounds out of place.

This is an even more impressive achievement when you consider what what's on offer over these 10 tracks is a constantly evolving collage of sound. 'Inside World' makes use of layered vocal tracks and little else, resulting in a dreamy, hazy experience that seems to serve as the blueprint for the album as a whole, as evinced by the similarly mind-altering 'Along', which uses understatement as an effective tool - in reality, it's as rich and complex as something like 'Zebra', whose juddering synths create an undeniable sense of energy which lends Lopatin's music a sense of heady accessibility.

His latest batch of tracks is warm, dizzying and flat-out blissful in places, as on the serene closing track, 'Chrome Country'. It's also multi-layered and intricate, demanding that you give your full attention to it. You really should - that's the only way R Plus Seven has the desired effect. In that Lopatin avoids half measures, his fourth album is business as usual. In almost every other aspect, he breaks new ground, and does so triumphantly.