Black Moth Super Rainbow, edited: music for people who are high, or getting there.
BMSR is a band mired somewhere in between experimental and pop psychedelia, with some definite folk influences. It makes for a really interesting mix, and I can say for sure that it’s not meant for everyone. I remember listening to this band for the first time and not quite understanding it – pardon my naïveté or ignorance, please. But over time, my tastes developed to the point that I better understood syncopation and music with a reduced amount of lyrics.
Falling Through a Field is the 2003 full-length debut for a band whose members, while identifiable physically, still go by stage names. The group’s de facto leader (of sorts) is called Tobacco, whose vocals lean heavily on effects, including vocoder. They also make liberal use of Rhodes pianos, which just serves to the piling on of the layers of mystique.
The primary complaint, as it can be with nearly every band who doesn’t seem interested in transcending 12 different genres (HAHA, internet sarcasm): “the songs all start to sound the same.”
Sure, perhaps a few of the songs bear some vague resemblance to one another; but, considering that a lot of this album’s tracks are built around bare, simple drum beats and quiet vocals, what do you expect?
This is just the jump-off point for Black Moth. The follow-ups Start a People, Eating Us, Dandelion Gum, and last year’s Cobra Juicy are some of the raddest head trips (even while sober, I promise).
It also helps that the band is rooted in this “mysterious” element of their listeners not quite understanding any of the members, their history, etc. – and the fact that their live show is not one to be missed. They often perform in masks (as seen below) or costume. And both times I’ve seen them, they played all the “hits” so it was a 75 minute dance party. Good stuff.
Plus, Falling has one of my absolute favorite BMSR songs. “Lake Feet” is so calming, and beautiful in a strange and haunting way. Have a listen:
Standout tracks: “Boatfriend” (which made it on an IBM commercial a few years back as I recall) “I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too” (and it’s not even the better version of the song!) and “Lake Feet” and “Melody for Color Spectrum” once it gets started. So, skip the 4 minutes of initial silence.
Weakest track: Surprisingly, the title track never has won me over.
RIYL: Psychedelic rock, experimental. Tobacco, The Octopus Project.