This item is to the best of our knowledge available to us from the supplier and should ship to you within the time-frame indicated. If there are any unforeseen issues with availability we will notify you immediately
Boomkat Product Review:
Honestly I had no idea Larsen had been around so long, the band first really made an impression on me with their 'HMKE' release (which featured a rather tantalising remix from everyone's favourite dark ambient pioneer Deathprod!), and since this dropped in 2005 I pretty much assumed they were a recent discovery. Reading further information on the Italian band however I discovered they were formed way back in 1993, a time when Belly were still together and life was sweet, and this compilation collects all of their non album tracks released since 1996 and then adds some unreleased bits in for our listening pleasure. Pretty comprehensive then, and the record stands up as a potted history of the band so latecomers like myself can get up to date with where they come from and where they're going. Made up of compilation tracks, soundtrack work, collaboration tracks and some unreleased mixes from the 'Rever' album (which was produced by Michael Gira, no less) what strikes me about the album is how different it is from the last record on Important. Where they have moved into a more electronic, experimental zone over the last couple of years, they seem to have started off on more of a post-rock tip, blending gorgeous guitar melodies and clipped percussion to offset the rather staid Godspeed-style melancholia. It's no surprise that a handful of the tracks on here came from film soundtracks as widescreen is the name of the game throughout the entire album - a shimmering yet surprisingly bright celluloid feeling permeates the instrumentation and holds the album together beautifully. The danger with these kind of compilations is that they can all too easily sound bitty and randomly thrown together, however with 'Musm II' this is not the case at all, it is actually hard to believe some of the tracks were recorded almost ten years apart! More than just a collection for the hardcore fans, this should appeal to anyone into the more cinematic end of instrumental music. lovely.