Lorn – Diamond
Diamond, taken from Lorn’s sophomore release, Ask the Dust – now on Ninja Tune, having moved from Brainfeeder – is quite the cinematic excursion. Underpinned throughout by the relentless pulsing of metallic synth, Lorn lays down a framework, which over the next five minutes, will have you engrossed (possibly with eyes closed). Known for his dark escapades, Diamond is no exception.
A monster lopes in as severely down-pitched vocals inaudibly mutter what you can’t help but assume are things of a malicious nature. The percussion is sparse, even subdued, but when present it’s at the fore, cracking and snapping through the shadows he’s conjured. Add some sirenesque and sci-fi synthetics to the mix and we find ourselves in what feels more like a sonic landscape than a typical ‘song’. The final act is fleshed out, wide, intoxicating, with a sombre acceptance that’s worlds away from the malevolent beginning. As Diamond drifts to an end it almost feels like you’re returning from some cosmic plane. Wake up.
Words – Harry Lochhead