Lorna precede new album ‘London’s Leaving Me’
(out 7 August 2015 on Words on Music)
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“A languorous intoxication decanted from torch tradition, the Velvet’s third album, and the delicate end of ’90s shoegazing” – Mojo
“A seamless blend of Scottish pop, Midwestern blues, dream pop, and post-rock” – Punk Planet
London’s Leaving Me, the fifth record by Nottingham’s Lorna and its fourth on the Minneapolis-based record label Words On Music (The Lucy Show, For Against), finds the sextet offering another matchless collection of earnest, egoless indie-pop featuring the unmistakable voices of husband-and-wife songwriting team Mark Rolfe and Sharon Cohen-Rolfe.
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The nine-song album opens with ‘Like Alastair Sim’ – a ballad in which gorgeous melodies steeped with heartfelt optimism unfold at a deliberate pace against a growing soundscape of strings, bells, and sparse electronics using the song’s acclaimed Scottish actor namesake as its thematic guide.
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The single ‘Wayne Mills’ follows with a summery blend of Scottish and indie-pop akin to Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura in which jangly guitars, analog synths, and languid, sun-soaked melodies are showcased as the Rolfe’s recount a tale about a neighborhood friend. The song features a guest appearance from Andy Mellon (Bellowhead, Damon Albarn) on trumpet.
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As a mid-album counterpoint to the densely orchestrated pop gems that precede and follow it, Lorna offers ‘Smothered In Hugs’ – a stark interpretation of the 1994 Guided By Voices song in which an acoustic guitar anchors the Rolfe’s richly textured vocals to create a marked contrast to the atonal low-fi buzz of the GBV original.
London’s Leaving Me closes with the Matt Harrison- (flute, guitar) penned You, Me, and the Holy Ghost’ – a reverie that captures Lorna’s dual mastery of tunefulness and ambience as Sharon Cohen-Rolfe effortlessly coos melodies from the lips of Julee Cruise while patient, tremolo-infused guitars summon Angelo Badalamenti’s work on Twin Peaks.
Lorna formed in 1997 and have performed with The Psychedelic Furs, Neil Halstead (Mojave 3), Evan Dando, Mark Gardner (Ride), American Analog Set, Midlake, and Pernice Brothers.
Lorna play the following UK dates in support of the album, with more tbc:
June 6th: The Lofthouse, Nottingham
June 20th: The Kimberley Jam, Kimberley
July 17th: The Bodega Social, Nottingham
July 25th: The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
August 2nd: The Riverbank Introducing Festival, Nottingham
August 3rd: Rough Trade Nottingham (Album release show)
The players are: Andy Bullock – bass, guitar; Sharon Cohen-Rolfe – keys, voice, percussion; Matt Harrison – flute, guitar; Madeline Leverton – violin; Mark Rolfe – guitar, voice; Rein Ove Sikveland – viola .
London’s Leaving Me tracklisting:
1. Like Alistair Sim (5:12)
2. Wayne Mills (4:08)
3. Atlases (3:22)
4. In Amber (3:17)
5. Smothered In Hugs (4:19)
6. London’s Leaving Me (4:56)
7. Bigger Than Sound (And Greater Than Us) (4:28)
8. St. Mary (4:40)
9. You, Me, and the Holy Ghost (4:01)
This Time, Each Year (2003, Pause Music) CD
Static Patterns and Souvenirs (2005, Words On Music) CD
Writing Down Things to Say (2008, Words On Music) CD
Heart of Wire (2013, Words On Music) CD
London’s Leaving Me (2015, Words On Music, WM42, distribution: Shellshock) CD