“Hangman looks round as he waits. Cord stretches tight - then it breaks.” That’s what Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis predicted in his last recorded song – four days before he ended his life by hanging himself. “In a Lonely Place” is actually not a song; it’s a chanted testament set to music.
Its grim and dark production gives the impression he’s already singing from his grave. His hollowly recorded, quiet but deep voice seems to slowly disappear under monotonous, heavy drums, that set the pace for the last march of a dying man. “How I wish we were here with you now.” One last wish that overshadows the following two minutes 24 seconds of majestic, and at the same time disturbing, instrumental.