Album Review Cavetown - worm food

If he’s hinting at sounds this big, he’d better be warming up arenas.

Cavetown - worm food

Much of Cavetown’s fifth album is as one would expect, with Robin Skinner’s soft, delicate vocals, acoustic guitars and knack for verbalising vulnerabilities while telling a story all present and correct (see ‘Worm Food’’s safe, comforting title track, or the romantic ‘frog’ - written about the specific way he asked his girlfriend out - for example). He’s also teamed up with some like-minded artists, this time around. Where recent collaboration with Beabadoobee ‘fall in love with a girl’ sees Bea return to her folky beginnings, ‘grey space’ with Chloe Moriondo – another fellow bedroom pop breakout – crashes into fully-electric emo life by its conclusion. It’s still so-far-so-expected, however then arrives ‘a kind thing to do’ - featuring Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes - which plays with punk-pop revival tropes in captivating ways. Stripped-back production, vocal effects and a stop-start nature create a tension that’s only ever partially resolved, Vic’s scream cut short before it’s ever fully released. It sounds huge. Cavetown said he wrote the record with the live space in mind; if he’s hinting at sounds this big, he’d better be warming up arenas.

 

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