You'll Be Safe Forever is Mark Van Hoen's second album for Editions Mego following last year's The Revenent Diary, and marks his first material under the Locust banner for some twelve years. As Locust, Van Hoen played a key role in the rise of R&S Records sublabel Apollo, releasing numerous albums and singles with them in the 1990s and the project has remained dormant since his last album, the 2001 released Wrong.The forthcoming album's genesis apparently dates back to Van Hoen being invited to perform a live set on Jersey City radio station in May last year; looking to instill some spontaneity into the performance, Van Hoen chose to collaborate with friend and fellow musician Louis Sherman and it was during rehearsals at the latter's Brooklyn studio it became clear their new material sounded very Locust-like. Material from this broadcasted live performance - dubbed "explorations with found sound sources and ambient textures" - combined with unreleased recordings from Van Hoen's archives dating back to 2006 form the basis of the thirteen track set, with the improvised synth work of Sherman adding a new element to the established Locust style of "compulsively hypnotic beats and abstracted pop vocals".
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