New Moby LP + David Lynch-directed Vid

 

Feel like getting shot in the back of the head, punk?

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

 

June 30 brings the new Moby
album, Wait For Me (Mute). Already available
is a video for the instrumental “Shot in the Back of the Head” – directed by
David Lynch, no less. You can view it, below.

 

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 and Little Idiot Records.
Moby has issued the following  statement:

 

“david was talking about creativity,
and to paraphrase, about how creativity in and of itself, and without market
pressures, is fine. it seems that too often creative output is judged by how
well it accommodates the marketplace, how much market share it commands and how
much money it generates.

“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” 

A resolutely DIY effort, Moby recorded the album in his home studio (“although ‘studio’ always seems like an overly
grand word for a bunch of equipment set up in a bedroom.”
),
drew the album artwork with a black sharpie on copy paper, asked his friends to
record the vocals (“working with
friends is almost always nicer than working with rock stars”
)
and asked another friend, photographer Jessica Dimmock, to take the press
photos.

In addition, friend Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Throbbing Gristle) came on board to
help mix the record: “Mixing the record with him was really nice, as he’s
creatively open to trying anything – like recording an old broken bakelite
radio and running it through some broken old effects pedals to see what it
would sound like.  it’s on the record as a :45 second long track called
‘stock radio'”.

 

Moby and Thomas mixed the
record using purely analog equipment in true stereo, akin to how records were
mixed in the late 60’s. The songs are described by Mute 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. In today’s single-driven music industry an album that holds together
as a collective entity is a rarity.”

 

 

 

 

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