Beauty created from desolation is one of the last refuges of human hope, and behind an exceptionally moving musical expression of this truth stands a man of brooding intensity and emotional fearlessness, whose clear conviction shines through a shroud of mystery and beats sworn to black.
Unafraid and unhinged, Lorn’s music is exquisitely dark and ominous, simmering with
anger that churns forcefully against a furtive longing. Yet Lorn passes far beyond this
evocative brutality and plunges head first into the absurd; he draws not only a portrait of
shadowy struggle but also arouses a dynamic universe of sentiments using deconstructed
sounds and skills built from the ground up.
Lorn’s debut full-length album Nothing Else, released on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder
label, has stirred the minds of listeners and rattled the keyboards of critics around the
world, accumulating praise from musical authorities such as Pitchfork and the BBC, as
well as bloggers and the online underground alike.
The Milwaukee-based producer hails from the future of music as do his Brainfeeder
contemporaries, however this young artist also forges a connection between the current
exploding beat scene and its roots in the experimental scratch community born many
years ago. Sharing his music online with other explorers of new software technology,
Lorn cultivated a global following with his original scratch beats and traveled to play in
the UK, Europe and Canada before ever releasing an album.
At age 23, this art school dropout has already been making beats for almost a decade,
and with the release of Nothing Else has moved his mastery of emotion to a new level.
Influenced by the sounds of metal, drum and bass, ambient, classical, early hip hop, funk
and the inherent pain of human existence, the music that pushes itself out of Lorn’s head
is uncompromising to the point of defiance, sharply reflecting his commitment to his craft
that has inspired so many others.
Lorn, left behind no more, is an impassioned performer who commands the crowd, with
a stage presence that parallels the extreme emotional output of his music. Expect no
less than greatness from this artist; certitude and concern is a potent combination for
the creation of beauty, and from the unconquerable will of one shall no doubt emerge
profound musical experiences for many.