91.7 WMSE presents MELT
LORN ('Ask The Dust' release party),
Dolor, adoptahighway, The Demix, Mrhorror,
km-art, Slim Brit + visuals by Video Villains
Saturday, June 23rd, 9pm
The Miramar Theatre, 2844 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, WI
ALL AGES, Tickets: $10 - http://bit.ly/KKe0aK
LORN | Ninja Tune | http://facebook.com/lornnn
Lorn returns with a new full-length album, his debut on Ninja Tune, and it’s a huge stride forward since Nothing Else (released on Brainfeeder, June 2010). Listening back to his first album, Lorn says it now seems “cold and strict.” Ask The Dust, on the other hand, is “haunted, oily, smeared,” and with this description he captures something of the intensely felt, visceral aliveness of the music.
If Lorn began his musical career as a poet of alienation, then Ask The Dust (named after the 1939 proto-Beat classic novel of the same name by John Fante) sees his music develop a more human energy. In particular, the use of his own singing voice (a process which began on the last track of Nothing Else, “What’s The Use”), which has added a new dimension to his often crunching and brutal but never less than beautiful electronic music.
Take “Weigh Me Down,” where Lorn comes surprisingly close to glitched-out soul music. It would be easy to overlook while reaching for muscular superlatives, but his music is also supremely melodic, where a tune like “The Well” (ostensibly “a soundtrack to being buried alive”) is memorable for a melody that nags at your brain long after the music has stopped.
“Dead Dogs” combines spectral choirs with explosive drumming, (one of three tracks with live drumming). “Chhurch” combines the feel of early electro with Lorn’s own highly developed aesthetic (originally written on tour, GonjaSufi came up with lyrics to accompany it, but never recorded them anywhere else save his iPhone). But it’s on a tune like “Ghosst” that he shows the sheer energy and raw drive he commands. It is exhilarating and slightly terrifying all at once.
Other highlights include, "This", a wipe of a hand across a chalkboard, so to speak. A simple sequence to reset things, a mantra to calm the nerves. "Diamond", was among the first written for Ask The Dust, while Lorn was still up in northern Wisconsin, the last surge in his isolation, over the expanse of the lake in the house his grandfather built.
Since the release of Nothing Else, Lorn has toured the world alongside the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs, Amon Tobin, and GonjaSufi to name a few. He became a devout owner of a B5 A4, and much like his dedication to music and art, wasted no time tearing it apart in order to learn how to put it all back together again. Ask The Dust suggests he’s learnt to do much the same with his emotions.http://youtu.be/TzzrzGyKo6ghttp://ninjatune.net/release/lorn/ask-the-dust
Dolor | http://www.facebook.com/dolorrrr
Influences: Philosophy. Porn. Grief. Visbal. Anger. Drugs. The Opposite Sex. Sex. Lorn. Sunsets. Alcohol. Feeling. Prince. Synthesizers. Vinyl. Okami. Poverty. Pleasant. Anti. Suicide. Laughter. Tim Burton. Metal. Skateboards. Michael Jackson. Saturday. Grafitti. Grit. Dirt. Grime. Robots. The morbid. Not. Shit. Corruption. Teddy Riley. Religion. Gordon Bombay. Leonardo. Donatello. Michaelangelo. Ralphael. The lack there of. J.F. Sebastian. Beauty. E.A. Poe. Patience. UTFO. Rockwell. The Midnight Society. Dr. Vink. Switches. Buttons. Clocks. Vader. Adhesive. Sweat. Matter. The Dream. Black Sabbath. Sonic Youth. B.B. King. Muddy Waters. In Flames. Video game music. Classical Overture’s. The Dictionary. Headphones. The Thesaurus. Scabs. Holes. Scars. Faded colors. Timbaland. Interaction. B-Movies. PBS. Nickelodeon. Ichabod Crane. FM.
adoptahighway | http://facebook.com/pages/adoptahighway/107399444772
adoptahighway is the moniker of classically trained music producer Barry Paul Clark. Throughout his years of formal music training and receiving a bachelor’s degree in classical performance, Clark devoted time and efforts to his electronic compositions. The formal training helped Clark in developing a unique sound with knowledge of classical theory, harmony and composition techniques.
While drawing inspiration from romantic era to minimalist composers, Clark also gathers inspiration from patterns of thought and memory, physical and non-physical relationships, and using objects to represent an idea or emotion, which is how the moniker of adoptahighway was chosen.
Using controllers and performance software, his live shows are energetic, emotive, engaging and honest. Clark firmly believes that, rather than tag genres or artists to his music to give a predetermined expectation, listeners should be encouraged to open their ears and try to find their own connection to the sound.
Mrhorror | http://www.facebook.com/mrhorror
Born in Moscow, Russia and heavily influenced by the UK bass and dub scene as well as the hip-hop and R&B greats, Mrhorror plays a unique mix of two-step, funky, and dub. He crafts a danceable yet darker vibe, catering to the deeper and more emotionally pulling side of electronic music. Starting out in the house scene, and eventually finding his home in the UK bass scene, Mrhorror has supported and shared the stage with artists like The Juan Maclean, Low Limit (Lazersword), Starkey, DJ Dara (Planet Of The Drums), Lotus, Mux Mool, NastyNasty, SALVA, Kraddy, Michael Menert and EOTO.
km-art | http://www.km-art.in/
Kmart is a rad dude and he throws shows with Tarik over at Unlooped and makes crazy electronic devices. so that's a win in our book. for MELT he's going to throw down an all vinyl set.
Slim Brit | http://www.facebook.com/SlimBrit
While born and raised in Milwaukee, Slim Brit got his start in Minneapolis playing college basement parties. Inspired by Australian house music during a semester abroad, he brought back new sounds to his sets in Minneapolis. A mash of house and nu-disco mixed with some 80's synths make up Slim Brit's unique sound. His music creates good vibes and packed dance floors no matter where he's playing. Slim Brit has shared the stage with Gigamesh, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Proper Villains, Moon Goons, Hood Internet and TTXBC.
The Demix | http://www.facebook.com/thedemixlives
THE DEMIX is an experimental musician and DJ creating songs, soundscapes and mixes accurately described by The Onion AV Club as "eerily cinematic" and "apocalyptic". He is a genre defiant artist who can be heard playing anything from drum and bass, breaks and techno to brutal noise, weird rock and ambient soundscapes, often all in the same set.
VISUALS by VIDEO VILLAINS | http://facebook.com/VideoVillains
Live visuals & projection mappings