London's leaving me

by Lorna

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London's Leaving Me, the fifth record by Nottingham's Lorna and its fourth on the Minneapolis-based record label Words On Music, 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.

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.

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 Rolfes recount a tale about a neighborhood friend. The song features a guest appearance from Andy Mellon (Bellowhead, Damon Albarn) on trumpet.

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-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.


released August 7, 2015

Rolfe, Cohen-Rolfe, Harrison, Bullock, Ove-Sikveland, Leverton



lorna Nottingham, UK

Lorna, who operate out of Nottingham UK formed in the late 1990’s and release music on the US-based label Words On Music. They have been compared to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Stereolab, Yo La Tengo and The Velvet Underground.


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