Lone, “Aurora Northern Quarter”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.30.14 in Listen to This

The clanging pianos of classic house light up Lone’s “Aurora Northern Quarter,” the latest single from the forthcoming Reality Testing. As always, the music is bent and refracted — it’s not a straight quotation of classic dance music, but rather an assimilation of some of its essential elements into Lone’s dreamy, ever-changing world. There are techno stutters in the rhythm, but also the twinkle of windchime synths that drops in unannounced and dissipates just as quickly. There are cloudlike washes of electronics, snippets of children’s voices — all of it sounds like a weird waking dream, a surreal dance club that pops up in the center of a deep slumber.