Manorexia - The Radiolarian Ooze
Manorexia releases eschew the meticulous approach of Thirlwell's Foetus and Steroid Maximus aliases, allowing a freer-flowing approach to composition. Water imagery is very much in evidence here—the previous Manorexia album, Volvox Turbo, was named after pond-dwelling organisms, while The Radiolarian Ooze refers to slime secreted by plankton on the ocean's floors (a similar sub-aquatic leitmotif dominated Thirlwell's recent live laptop performances as Baby Zizane). Cinematic in scope, the album explores a sinister psychological inner space before blossoming into a suite of uplifting compositions that express awe at the vastness of nature.
Rating: 4 / 10