Published on June 11th, 2009 |
Moby : NEW ALBUM ‘WAIT FOR ME’ RELEASED JUNE 30, 2009
June 2009 sees two new releases from Moby; his new full-length studio album ‘Wait For Me‘ released June 30th, and the first single ‘Pale Horses‘ released June 23rd. Sweetening the ‘Pale Horses’ single further are remixes from by Gui Boratto, Apparat, Ben Hoo and Jason Bentley.
“I wanted the vocals on this song to sound old and almost conversational,” says Moby. “On ‘Pale Horses’ my friend Amelia is singing; she’s holding a $20 microphone, no headphones, just singing it with me holding the lyrics in front of her pointing to the words. She didn’t know the song before she sang it, so her performance has a vulnerable and almost naïve quality. After recording her vocals i thought they still sounded too polished, so I put her vocals on an old 1/8” tape machine and re-recorded them back into the song. I wanted them to sound as if they were recorded 50 years ago instead of in 2008.”
This method is in keeping with the DIY element of the album. Moby recorded the album in his home studio, drew the album artwork with a black sharpie on copy paper, asked his friends to record the vocals and asked another friend, photographer Jessica Dimmock, to take the press photos.
In addition, friend Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Throbbing Gristle, M83) helped mix the record. Moby and Thomas mixed the record using purely analog equipment in true stereo, akin to how records were mixed in the late 60s. As a result, the songs sound pretty amazing on headphones. The songs also sound best when listened to as a cohesive body of work. While each track stands on its own merit, ‘Wait For Me’ was recorded and arranged to be listened to from start to finish.
The album track ‘Shot In The Back Of The Head
‘ is accompanied by a dark and moody animation by David Lynch
. It’s fitting that Lynch directs this debut video, as it was a 2008 speech by Lynch that informed Moby’s inspiration for the album.
“David was talking about creativity, and to paraphrase, about how creativity in and of itself, and without market pressures, is fine. In making this record i wanted to focus on making something that i loved, without really being concerned about how it might be received by the marketplace. As a result it’s a quieter, more melodic, more mournful and more personal record than some of the records i’ve made in the past.”
In today’s single-driven music industry an album that holds together as a collective entity is a rarity. An album that holds itself to standards higher than commercial measures of success is even more rare.
Moby’s offering a sneak preview of each album track on moby.com, YouTube, and Vimeo. Check in for clips from Study War, Scream Pilots, and JLTF and stay tuned for a new clip every day.
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