Sharon Cohen-Rolfe's delicate voice shines on the Belle & Sebastian-esque "Old Shanklin Sunset" and the string-laden "Whose Idea," which blends the stillness of This Mortal Coil with the delightful movements of Camera Obscura.
Steeped with woodwinds, strings, and the occasional addictive electronics that might be heard on a Stereolab record, Heart of Wire still takes time to breathe, and explores time and space with serene compositions such as the Twin Peaks-inspired closer "Chasing Amy" and the orchestra-laden "Mina and Marco" which utilizes a passage from a 1934 piece by English composer Edward Elgar.
Listening to a Lorna record is to welcome aural surprises with two open arms, whether wrapped in syncopated rhythms (e.g. American Analog Set-infused "Whatever Happened to Andie Walsh?"), enveloped inside Matt Harrison's soaring flute melodies ("Sounds We Hear"), or punctuated by the sporadic, pulsating electronics that are peppered throughout the album.
Heart of Wire includes a reworking of "November Kicks Again" from Lorna's 2001 debut 7", a version of For Stars' "Whose Idea," and guest vocals by Words On Music labelmate Jason Gough of Coastal ("What Took You So Long?").
It's very much a delicate and restrained affair, aurally mature and lyrically poignant. Intelligent and appropriate use of technology and electronic flourishes modernise the nostalgic feel combining gorgeous pop with post rock elements.