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One Track Mind: Loma

The band’s Jonathan Mieburg celebrates the work of Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian.

The premise of One Track Mind is pretty simple: I ask artists to pick one track that means a lot to them – either something they’ve discovered recently, something that’s been with them for years, or one that reminds them of a specific time in their life or career – and tell me what makes it so special to them. I get to talk to the artists I love, and they get to talk about the artists they love. Love all round!

Following the inaugural feature from Nation of Language’s Ian Devaney, we’re with another of my favourite bands for round two: Loma.

Loma released their second album, Don’t Shy Away, earlier this year: a stunningly brilliant body of work the moves from the propulsive, dream-pop of tracks like Half Silences and choral theatrics of Elliptical Days, to the ghostly, folk-like strains of the title track: undoubtedly one of the most crushingly beautiful singles of the year.

For his selection, Loma’s Jonathan Mieburg – who many will know from his work with Shearwater – has picked out an epic, haunting piece of classical music from one of the most celebrated films of all time.

Jonathan Mieburg on Aram Khachaturian – Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio)

“This is the exquisitely lonely music used in the scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey where you see the Discovery’s stir-crazy astronauts reading, sleeping and exercising, watched relentlessly by HAL and nearly choking on a whopping dose of existential dread. I keep reaching for it in these days of endless quarantine. David Mitchell’s great line “the music provokes a sharp longing the music soothes” applies more to this piece than any other I can think of: it somehow makes me feel both more and less alone.”

Loma’s album Don’t Shy Away is out now