Label: Ninja Tune
There’s no easy term for the kind of music that Milwaukee’s Lorn makes. There’s a touch of IDM to his crumpled beats and a ghost of hip-hop in his bow-legged stride; grime, electro and industrial also litter the floor of Ask the Dust, bent and unrecognizable. It’s a tar pit of an album, seething with sickly bass; his own vocals blister the surface like methane bubbles. Compared to his Brainfeeder debut, his first record for Ninja Tune is darker and more viscous, in which live drums and saxophone are swallowed whole in murky synths and down-pitched vocals.