Don’t be alarmed by the fact that Black Moth Super Rainbow’s second studio album Start a People is 16 tracks. At less than 40 minutes long, and 3 sub-minute songs, it’s more a sprint than a marathon. This brevity works in the album’s favor, because it is pretty unfocused.
Much earlier this year, I wrote about BMSR’s debut Falling Through a Field and their 4th album Eating Us. I’m not sure if I did the best job describing either, with the exception of psychedelic drug music. The former album is a hazy, woodsy head trip. The latter is the album that Black Moth’s president and CEO Tobacco calls his least favorite.
Meanwhile, Start a People is an album from a band still experimenting with their sound. As Tobacco has said before, he gets bored easily, which accounts for how all-over-the-place each of the Black Moth studio albums have been. No two have the same general tone, even though a few share the same tracks.
Start features two re-recorded versions of Field songs: “Vietcaterpillar” and “I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too.” I prefer the Field version of “Vietcaterpillar”,” but the Start version of “256 Colors.” Why the group chose to re-record the songs, I’m not sure. But it’s easy to speculate that, early on in the discography, they felt they could do better, and attempted to do so, where most bands wouldn’t.
This creates an interesting “Which version are you talking about?” conundrum, and BMSR take it one step further with two songs on this album called “I Am the Alphabet.” There is no distinguishing in the literal sense of the songs, but thankfully they sound completely different.
Without using any more words, here’s all you need to know:
Do you like psychedelia? Cool, you’re on board.
From the second Black Moth album, this is “I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too” –
Standout tracks: “Raspberry Dawn,” “I Am the Alphabet,” “I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too,” “Hazy Field People,” and “The Primary Color Movement”
Weakest track: “Count Backwards to Black”
RIYL: Drug music. Just kidding (no I’m not). The Seven Fields of Aphelion, Tobacco’s solo work. Music that sounds like it belongs in a film student’s reimagining of Requiem for a Dream. Psychedelia.