One of my favourite videos this year was maybe another Lorn video, the one for Ghost(s) with the animated head (check it out, if you haven’t!) Now here’s a new one for his latest single Weigh Me Down and it has that nice pixeled indie game look (more Swords & Sworcery than Dino Run!) It’s the work if Max Friedrich, who has previously created an animation borrowing Lorn’s music.
The Weigh Me Down EP has a couple of noteworthy remixes by Mike Slott, Illum Sphere and Mono/poly. The 12-inch and digital release came out earlier this week and await being picked up!
Animated videos, if done well, easily get a spot in my heart. The guys at CRCR came up with this for Lorn who has a new album coming out on Ninja Tune in mid-June.
Titled Ask The Dust, you can pre-order your copy on 2-LP, CD and digital – the Reel-to-reel audio tape is sold out by now.
Bad boy collaboration between London’s Om Unit and LA’s Lorn, the latter who got recently to signed to Ninja Tune. Nice Detroit electro vibes with a dark twist, for fans of Cybotron, Dopplereffekt and the likes!
No further info available for this one, but as it’s a free download you probably don’t want to know much more.
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
06. Void I
07. Void II
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.