Larvae's fourth album is a highly introspect and mesmerizing work which takes a step forward from the more electronic trilogy formed by "Fashion Victim", "Dead Weight" and "Loss Leader". An instrumental, solo work, it is a place where long strings and fragile melodies form a contemplative landscape and relegates the electronic beats to the backgrounc. An intense collection during which Larvae focuses on its most emotional and sincere side, here is a necessary album for introvert nights and profound, closed-eyes listening.
It will have taken almost four years for Matthew Jeanes (Larvae) to write his fourth album and escape the boundaries and expectations built with his first trilogy. What had started with the bassy, electronic and club-friendly "Fashion Victim" (2003), followed by the towering noisy hip-hop and song writing of "Dead Weight" (2006) had reached its end with "Loss Leader" (2008), a lower-profile work which was already showing signs of Larvae's departure from heavy electronic beats in its second half.