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Who’d have thought that Mark Van Hoen’s Locust project would re-emerge after a 12 year hiatus and nineteen years after the debut album ‘Weathered Well’ was released on Apollo. Unlike the resurrection of Apollo ‘You’ll Be Safe Forever’ is actually worth checking out. It’s unmistakably a Locust creation. The album is a mixture of revised tracks created ...

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You'll Be Safe Forever by Locust
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 12 April 2013

Who’d have thought that Mark Van Hoen’s Locust project would re-emerge after a 12 year hiatus and nineteen years after the debut album ‘Weathered Well’ was released on Apollo. Unlike the resurrection of Apollo ‘You’ll Be Safe Forever’ is actually worth checking out. It’s unmistakably a Locust creation. The album is a mixture of revised tracks created in 2006 together with collaborations with friend Louis Sherman.

There’s a distinctive 90’s quality to the music no doubt but there’s a complex flair that only could have been introduced in recent years. Tamed breakbeats are draped in lush ethereal atmospherics making for deep immersive listening experience with catchy melodies and hooks. The tracks although a tad experimental in parts are more than merely a bunch of beats and warm textures, rather they are well crafted, memorable tunes with the odd abstracted female vocal also present. At times it’s difficult not to imagine that I’m listening to some late 90’s downbeat/ trip-hop gear but there is also an air of freshness that makes them relevant for today’s ears.

I’m not entirely sure how often I’d pull this out to re-listen having heard it three times now but there’s a charm to the record I find quite irresistable. I guess it just has a really lazy and hypnotic vibe that gets you in a similar zone to Seefeel as heard in ‘Washer Woman’ For Example. If you dig Van Hoen’s recent ‘The Revenant Diary’ album for Editions Mego then surely you ought to be checking this out.


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