For more than three decades, Daniel Menche has roamed a terrain as sonically verdant as the mountains and countryside that surround him in the Pacific Northwest. His music is singular in one aspect – intensity – but it is divergent in every other form. Drifting from profoundly focused field recording, through to provocative electro-acoustics, Menche’s work is one that typifies a willingness to consider sound not merely as a horizontal linear form, but as a vertical zone, within which the timbral capacities of sound can be tested, reformed and rendered down into a true experience of acoustic affect. On Forlorn, Menche’s work aches and grinds across itself. A glacial rasp that reaches deep inside and lights up a part of us we might not often recognise in ourselves. This is a work of profound distortion, in time, in harmony and in space.