Lorn – Nothing Else

Lorn - Nothing Else

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For the last month or so, I had the chance to preview the debut longplayer from Lorn, coming out in the second week of June. There were quite some albums from L.A. based beatmakers recently, but Nothing Else is (apart from Cosmogramma) one of the few that could stand the test of time. But then again, Lorn already stands out being the first artist on Brainfeeder who is not from the city of angels.01. Grandfather
02. None an Island
03. Army of Fear
04. Bretagne
05. Automaton
06. Void I
07. Void II
08. Tomorrow
09. Glass and Silver
10. Cherry Moon
11. Greatest Silence
12. What’s the Use
If you heard the free tracks Cherry Moon and Tomorrow before, you already know the direction this is going. I can’t help but compare the album to Nosaj Thing’s Drift, one of my favourites from last year. While Lorn at times has a rougher texture to his sound, both artists centre their music around the synthesizer, resulting in melodious compositions somewhere between Bach and Boards of Canada.

Sometimes melancholic, sometimes dark, Nothing Else is a remarkable album with quite some strong tracks. The further you listen, the better it gets – all my favourites are in the last third of the album.

Nothing Else was mastered by Warp’s Chris Clark and will be released on all formats through Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. According to distributor Ninja Tune, the album will be in stores from July 7, 2010 – the United States have to wait a week longer. You can pre-order copies from Juno, Big Cartel, Rush Hour and every other good record store.