Lorn (2)Ask The Dust

Lorn (2) - Ask The Dust album cover


Weigh Me Down3:39
Everything Is Violence3:28
The Well6:22
The Gun3:12
Dead Dogs4:07
I Better2:54


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    Cover of Ask The Dust, 2012-06-18, VinylAsk The Dust
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    • uncut_anger's avatar
      Edited 9 months ago
      11 years later this album still stands out as a seminal exercise in melancholic darkness. At the time Lorn was able to present an entirely proprietary sound when everybody was jumping the dubstep bandwagon big time. It was quickly put in the same bucket as dubstep, but as Lorn's oeuvre expanded, it became clear that this was an ill fit. The sheer atmosphere oozing from each track alone puts this album in an entirely different league. And following releases only elevated him even further.
      My personal favourite of this album is the dragging, smouldering and finally melancholic eruption that is "Diamond". It still gives me gooseflesh when that synth drops its payload of immeasurable sadness.
      • scoundrel's avatar
        Edited 9 years ago
        Naming your album after a John Fante novel is quite ambitious, but Lorn's ASK THE DUST tries to live up to the darkness in its namesake. And right from the thick "Mercy," it does try its best. "Ghosst" gets even grittier, and the gravelly lyrics on "Weigh Me Down" and "I Better" add another layer of gravity. The paranoid melody of "Diamond" keep their fingers firmly on the base of your spine, while the percussive workout of "Everything Is Violence" brings in a new texture. "The Well" examines the same chord progression to get across a feel of inevitability, while the more crisp drum programming on "Chhurch" help poke the album out of its moodiness some, but the closing track, "Ghosst(s)" is like a spectral hymn. An intriguing album, perfect for late night moods.
        • Orionigel's avatar
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          • keepinmusicclassy's avatar

            Ask The Dust (Ninja Tune, 2012) is Lorn’s sophomore album. It is much less rigid and conventional than his first album, Nothing Else (Brainfeeder, 2010). Wiping his work clean of overt reggae and trap influences, he favors a more neutral, electronic sound this time around.

            As the artwork suggests, Ask The Dust is a dark and fractured blend of sinister and murky tones, held together in a loosely coherent fashion. The percussion forms the skeleton of the album, giving the floating, experimental soundscape a much-needed backbone. It also acts as the veins of the music, pumping blood and energy into the guttural and often lazy melodies.

            The contrast created by the combination of visceral drumwork and expansive (at times borderline orchestral) melody gives Lorn’s work an air of constrained brutality, like the rippling of savage muscles barely contained beneath a smooth layer of skin.

            This is the dark, intellectual cousin of electronic music and hip-hop. Lorn doesn’t murder with the graphic, blood-splattering, high energy of a typical build up and drop combo so often employed in contemporary dubstep and house. He takes his time to stalk and execute his prey in a devious, methodical manner.

            For example, he describes “The Well” as a “soundtrack to being buried alive” which has to be one of the top 5 terrifyingly ceremonious ways to go.

            There’s a method to Lorn’s self-proclaimed “haunted, oily” madness, and the result is irresistible.


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