Cavetown returns with ‘worm food’


“worm food” Skinner’s fifth album, features beebadoobee, Chloe Moriondo and Vic Fuentes.

Allison Scherquist, Entertainment Editor

“I wish I didn’t matter to anyone” are the opening lines on indie-pop singer Cavetown’s newest album “worm food”. The British singer/producer whose birth name is Robin Skinner released his fifth album on Nov. 4th to critical acclaim. With soft vocals and surely-swift production “worm food” proves to be a perfectly cohesive work of music-but not much else.

The album opens with the title track, with soft vocals and serene guitar as Skinner laments his mortality wishing he didn’t matter to his friends and family so he could end his life without guilt. “If I didn’t belong anywhere/ I’d be worm food” The soft lyricism picks up in the second half of the song, as blaring electro-sounds join the instrumentals creating a lively end to the otherwise dreary song.

The album continues onto tracks “kill U” and “frog” both of which consist of folk-inspired instrumentals and muted vocals, the songs sound nearly identical, blending into each other and seemingly end up getting lost in the length of the album.

The tracklist finally picks up during “a kind thing to do.” A duet with the punk-rock band Pierce the Veil’s frontman Vic Fuentes. Beginning with distorted vocals on Skinner’s part, Fuentes joins in on the second half of the track screaming “I know something you don’t know.” The track serves as a nice break from the melancholia that consumes the rest of the album.

“1994” is another highlight of the album. With faced-past guitar and a drum forte, the song transcends the past-established mood of the album as Skinner sings about the progress he is making in his personal life. “I’m trying to forgive myself for things I didn’t do/ I’m not okay but there’s something I can do.” The track is another hopeful interruption from the otherwise depressingly bleak album.

“better” marks Skinner’s return to darkness as he murmurs “I’ve gotten nearly everything I ever wanted/ Why am I still sad?” The lyricism in the track is perhaps the strongest on the record as Skinner attempts to reconcile with his dark thoughts “I didn’t think it could ever get this bad” With raw instrumentals and soothingly soft vocals this song serves as a high point for the album.

Another peak of the record is “fall in love with a girl” a duet with British indie-artist beebadoebee. The pop song is filled with drums and synths, making a lively departure from Cavetown’s regular slow sound.

The album finishes with “juno” and “laundry day.” The tracks balance idiosyncratic synths with unique lyrical arrangements. Skinner brings the unexpected to the forefront, with eccentric vocal effects and string arrangements in “laundry day” the album is brought to a heartful close.

Skinner’s intimacy is genuinely original, his lyricism posits itself at the heart of honest storytelling. Yet this is compromised by his DIY sound of mellow acoustic guitars and interactive synths as they form the foundations for Skinner’s somewhat dull production, but the sincerity of the record proves “worm food” as a worthy listen for any Cavetown fan.