Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop Black Friday Deals Week in Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Paperwhite Listen in Prime Shop now Shop now
Biggest Ever Deals Event

Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to (UK).
Ask The Dust has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by zoverstocks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Buy with confidence from a huge UK seller with over 2m ratings, all items despatched next day directly from the UK. All items are quality guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £7.99

Ask The Dust CD

3 customer reviews

Price: £10.84 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Does not apply to gift orders. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
28 new from £5.73 3 used from £5.02

Today's Deals
Black Friday Deals
Check our time limited deals as well as our top offers on CDs, vinyl and box sets. For more savings across Amazon, check out our main Black Friday Deals page.
£10.84 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Today's Deals
Black Friday Deals
Check our time limited deals as well as our top offers on CDs, vinyl and box sets. For more savings across Amazon, check out our main Black Friday Deals page.

Amazon's Lorn Store

Visit Amazon's Lorn Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Ask The Dust
  • +
  • Nothing Else
Total price: £21.79
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (18 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B007IZ66NK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
Play in Library Buy: £0.99

Product Description

Product Description

Milwaukee-based producer Lorn was the first non-LA based (or related) artist to sign to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label / collective, where he released his first album, 'Nothing Else'.

Ask The Dust is Lorn s sophomore album and his first release on Ninja Tune which Lorn describes as haunted, oily, smeared, as opposed to the cold and strict(ness) of 'Nothing Else'.

'Ask The Dust' is named after the 1939 proto-Beat classic novel of the same name by John Fante. The album sees Lorn s music developing 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.

BBC Review

Lorn celebrates his switch from LA’s Brainfeeder label to its kindred UK spirit, Ninja Tune, with his follow-up to 2010’s Nothing Else, a landmark album of twisted electronics and cracked melodies. That album, Lorn’s full debut, saw him gain the support of fellow sonic samurai Amon Tobin, who he recently supported on the stunning ISAM tour, and earned him a flurry of praise.

It’s clear on Ask the Dust that Lorn, the musical mask for Milwaukee’s Marcos Ortega, has retained his love for melodies. But they remain so strained and squeezed by the oppressive beats and dark ambience that surround them that each melody is forced to dig its fingernails into the aural grit and cling on. It’s this mixture of strength and fragility that Lorn has made his trademark and it’s heartening to hear that, while this is no rehash of past glories, he can still create music that is as strong as it is sensitive.

The Well displays this talent, as distorted choral blasts and corroded bass and beats are joined by gentle interludes of piano and a simple vocal snatch that provides a tangible emotional pull. The grinding bass of album standout Ghosst is more of a sensory assault but still retains a soft, yielding core.

Ortega graces various tracks with his own heavily treated vocals, a trick employed briefly on his previous album but used more liberally on this occasion. Weigh Me Down opens with a contorted vocal hook, which is joined by fidgeting beats and metallic yet somehow emotive chords. A further layer of discernible lyrics is disarming on first listen though.

The vocal elements of the growling Diamond and neon-lit ballad The Gun are what play the greatest role in setting Ask the Dust apart from Nothing Else. Overall, however, both albums share the same darkly menacing tones; this is another ride that’s far from easy but is just as rewarding at times.

Less gritty, less grimy, and more digital in its overall sound but no less inventive than its predecessor, Lorn has thrown down another musical challenge that’s well worth rising to.

--Ian Roullier

Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
Lorn (it seems we may now call him Marcos Ortega) emerges from the
shadows once more with a fine second album 'Ask The Dust'. His 2010
debut 'Nothing Else' received a good deal of airplay in The Wolfcave
and caused substantial amounts of dust and plaster to fall from our
ceiling (Scatty and Gritz - the cubs - said "play it loud Dad", so
I did!) Having found a new home with Ninja Tune Mr Ortega seems to
have broadened his sound palette with the ten tracks on offer. The
huge, grinding beats and uncompromising mood of seriousness are still
present and correct but tempered by greater evidence of light and shade
and openness of texture. His voice, albeit highly deconstructed and
distorted, also makes its presence felt more substantially than of yore.

Things kick of simply enough with opening number 'Mercy', a fairly
restrained introduction offsetting some nicely spooky synth doodles
against a slamming foursquare snare and bass drum percussion loop
but with second track 'Ghosst' the full force of Mr Ortega's dark
imagination is let loose with fire and fury. Its a great lumbering
beast of a composition, staggering across a burned and blasted
landscape with scant regard for whatever might step in its way.
'Weigh Me Down' and 'Diamond', with their quasi-orchestral Gothic
arrangements, however, both mine more complex sonic territory and
'The Well' is almost playful in comparison with its staccato choral
decorations and employment of more tangible melodic elements. The
cinematic ebb and flow of 'Everything Is Violence' crackles with
malevolent electricity and final track 'Ghosst(s)' is a veritable
nightmare landscape where a spectral voice wanders, lost and alone,
through the gathering gloom. It's all wonderfully atmospheric stuff.

Three cheers for Lorn says I! Looks like our ceiling's in trouble again.

Highly Recommended.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Vladimirs Sklema on 10 Sept. 2015
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Super depressive sadness,and I like it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W P Collins on 8 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the Lorn's other album Nothing Else and this is pretty close to that. Unlike anything I've heard before.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 14 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful & Dark (One of 2012's Best) 17 Nov. 2012
By Travis Slavin - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Lorn does it again with Ask the Dust. He just can't be stopped. From hard hitting songs like Chhurch and Ghosst to slow brooding works like Diamond...This album has it all for fans of dark Electronic music.

I'll make it short and sweet (and I think my title said a lot already). This is in my top 5 albums this year. Just a great work. From the beautiful album art to the morbid music it never disappoints.

I bought the LPs and I'm very glad I did. I've framed the art (reminded me of an Escher piece) and the marbled Grey & Black vinyl is fantastic.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Deep beats with a deeper voice 9 July 2012
By Curtis B. - Published on
There is something about Lorn I can't quite put my finger on. I can't say his music is all that dynamic, he isn't the type to add layer after layer. Typically, as the song starts is very similar to how it ends. The thing is, what he lays down just flat out sounds good regardless of the amount of layers or the level of creativity.

Lorn makes music to make your head nod. He makes music that puts an angry face on you no matter what you are doing. Not that this is angry music, it just makes you feel like a bad-ass when you listen to it. I am sure that sounds kind of cheesy, but really, listen to this and try not to make that stank face while you nod your head back and forth.

The best tracks here are the tracks with vocals. I assume they are Lorn's vocals and they are not at all sung but it's not really talking either, I guess it's somewhere in-between, but it works very well. He has a voice that is as deep and dark as his music is and it's honestly something that sets him apart from any of his other contemporaries, whoever they are.

On Weigh Me Down he has a repeated vocal sample that borders on catchy and it's flanked by his trademarked hard, but slow, bass. He kicks in a few lines of vocals and the combo of everything makes it the best track on the album. The Well is the one track that does have a build up and a large amount of layering. The end of the track becomes welled up (forgive the pun) with a wall of sound and hummed vocal track.

Overall Lorn isn't maybe doing a ton of original things, but he is doing enough unique things that he sounds different than anything else I can think of. It's dark hip-hop on some level, deep dubstep on another and it even goes to some catchy sounds here and there. If you want something that isn't afraid to be hard for the sake of being hard, but still have a gentle side at the same time, Lorn is your man.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
of a distant world 5 Aug. 2012
By crescendoyear - Published on
Verified Purchase
Lorn is one deep, dark, mystifying listen. If you're looking for an album experience that will take you away to another place entirely, then do not skip this. These songs are massive, eerie, emotional and beautiful all at once. I'd say the arrangements are pretty minimalist with not too much going on at one time, and this is an excellent thing in the case of Lorn. The electronics are crisp and buzzy at times, smoother other times, and hooks abound. The album, while not likely to be called conventional, is still pretty accessible and catchy. Vocals make an appearance on a few songs and are a nice touch. Every single track is worthy, but currently my favorites are 10, 3, 1, 2, 6, 12, 5 and 8.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great chill music 9 Dec. 2012
By Jason - Published on
Verified Purchase
I found Lorn's music on the soundtrack to the game 'Sleeping Dogs'. After checking out more songs, I had to buy this album. Very different, and entertaining. I highly recommend checking out the videos for some of the songs on this album, you won't be disappointed!
Lorn ‎– Ask The Dust 8 April 2015
By scoundrel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Naming your album after a John Fante novel is quite ambitious, but Lorn's ASK THE DUST tries to live up to the darkness in its namesake. And right from the thick "Mercy," it does try its best. "Ghosst" gets even grittier, and the gravelly lyrics on "Weigh Me Down" and "I Better" add another layer of gravity. The paranoid melody of "Diamond" keep their fingers firmly on the base of your spine, while the percussive workout of "Everything Is Violence" brings in a new texture. "The Well" examines the same chord progression to get across a feel of inevitability, while the more crisp drum programming on "Chhurch" help poke the album out of its moodiness some, but the closing track, "Ghosst(s)" is like a spectral hymn. An intriguing album, perfect for late night moods.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category