Rupert Morrison, manager of Drift Records, on Daniel Thorne's Lines Of Sight.
Doubtless the very best part of working in a record shop is getting turned on to artists who not only fly under the radar, but ones that fly so far off radar that tracking them pertains to nothing of reference whatsoever. Lines Of Sight is the solo debut from Australian-born, Liverpool-based composer and saxophonist Daniel Thorne. Released on London’s Erased Tapes label, it is powerful and totally cosmic music: swells of brass create warm and euphoric grandeur, but also introspection and quite chilling clashes. There are more than a few dystopian, cinematic moments here.
The electronic gestures bubble away perfectly and provide grounding to saxophone that’s full of otherworldly beauty and real sonic searching. Every gesture feels both deeply considered and gloriously organic.
Daniel is also founder of Immix Ensemble, who we invited last year to play at our Sea Change Festival in a commission with Jane Weaver and Sam Wiehl. People making challenging and ambitious music is always thrilling to us. It is a joy and a privilege to be able to give music of this magnitude a home at Drift and to introduce it to people.