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It's good once in awhile to buy something by a band you know absolutely nothing about just to hear music with no preconceptions or expectations. This happy state is how I came to listen to the fourth ( apparently ) album by Pittsburgh experimental band Black Moth Super Rainbow. I know they are experimental now of course. Before I hadn't the foggiest idea .
Using analog electronic instruments including vocoder and Novatron the band create a whimsical concoction of psychedelic, pop and soft edged electronic music that recalls ,mostly for me, French band Air but there also elements of Lemon Jelly , Boards Of Canada or Clinic , though the description of Sparklehorse with beats is a fairly good indicator as well. There could also be mention of Flaming Lips since the album is produced by Dave Fridmann and the music does share that bands wonderful textural depths.
There is something warmly nostalgic about the songs on Eating Us but perversely Black Moth Super Rainbow still feel relevant and contemporary. Maybe it's the sound effect sci-fi whooshes of sound on songs like "Dark Bubbles " or the retro gurgle delights of "Twin Of Myself " that place the music in some hazy beatific past but the album whole has a liberating attention to detail that speaks of true love and care while retaining a relaxed and sanguine vibe that transplants itself on the listener.
Well this listener anyway. Even if the album occasionally churns out a track seemingly by rote -"Gold Splatter " is lugubriously lovely but thoroughly predictable - moments like the doomy tolling bell sound on "Iron Lemonade" before the introduction of what sounds like a church organ replicating a jet engine turning over are revelations. The funky spine of "Tooth Decay " dappled acoustics of "Fields Are Breathing ", the plump banjo of "American Face Dust " and the erratic percussion of "The Sticky " showcase a band with plenty more aces up their collective sleeve.
Eating Us is the sound of a crepuscular summer day with undertones of something ambiguous and slightly sinister. It's the soundtrack to Last Of The Summer Wine envisioned by The League of Gentleman or The Darling Buds Of May directed by David Lynch. It's absolutely lovely but slightly worrying all at the same time. I really do highly recommend it.
on 16 February 2010
The Pittsburgh collective's, Black Moth Super Rainbow 'Eating Us' is sonically their best album to date, well produced but still with a lo-fi edge.
The effects here are better controlled than on previous efforts and the songs are allowed to shine through with a romantic and ethereal quality topped with some interesting lyrics.
This is strangely addictive music with the paradox of being depressive but simultaneously joyous .
Adult pop electronica and recommended.