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Never Any Gain

by A Taut Line

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Never Any Gain is the fifth album from Tokyo-based artist, creative director, and Diskotopia co-founder Matt Lyne under his A Taut Line moniker, following on from last year’s critically-acclaimed full-length Loss.

Initially conceived as a yin to Loss’s yang before shaping its own creative path, Never Any Gain shares a lot of dualism with its predecessor. Shoko Sasano returns as a guest vocalist, but this time loaning her airy Japanese-language melodies to three tracks. Author Thomas Kendall has once again contributed his writing talents, penning the spoken-word lyrics of the title track.

Never Any Gain marks a decade after the debut A Taut Line album Nitriding Portrait, and thematically the album is about a general lack of humanitarian progress manifesting into a personal mental stagnation amidst all the potentially terrifying technological advancements over the last ten years.

Stylistically, however, there is a strong sense of renewal and reinvention throughout the LP. While there is a firm expression of the musical heritage of Lyne’s birth town Bristol — hinted at in places on Loss — a new kind of soul-searching can be heard in the disorientated fourth-world trademark A Taut Line sound. Mutant and contorted elements of dub techno, deep house, electro, trip-hop, post-punk, lounge, and garage can be found in unique juxtapositions across the ten tracks, while opener Colour Science fuses Japanese environmental-music ambient, 90s British electronica, and 80s 4AD output all at once.

Possibly the most accomplished and accessible A Taut Line material to date — a look back over the last ten years of albums and their influences while marking a shift into a new direction.


released September 8, 2023

All tracks written, recorded, produced, and mixed by Matt Lyne
Lyrics for Never Any Gain by Thomas Kendall
Vocals & lyrics on Colour Science, The Following Contained, and Chakka by Shoko Sasano
Mastered by Nik Kozub
Artwork and photography by Matt Lyne


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A Taut Line Tokyo, Japan

A Taut Line is the primary moniker for Bristol-born, Tokyo-based artist Matt Lyne. He runs the Diskotopia label with BD1982 and is one half of Greeen Linez, a collaboration with Cambridge-based long-term musical partner Christopher Greenberg. He also releases under several anonymous pseudonyms. ... more

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