Free digital EP already available
Destroyed, a new album and book of
photography set for release on May 17 via Mute, is the latest project from
Moby. Destroyed the album will be
available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats and will be included with the Destroyed book of photography.
Published by Damiani/D.A.P, the book is 128 pages and features 55 photographs
taken by Moby all over the world.
celebrate the new album and his ninth studio LP, Moby is making a free digital
EP available featuring three songs from Destroyed. Additionally, Moby also directed three short films to accompany each track.
Visit moby.com to download and view the videos.
Destroyed takes us behind the scenes on an
international journey with Moby, introducing us to the strange and
disconcerting life of touring that is often not exposed; the time spent
isolated in anonymous, mundane spaces like hotel rooms, airports, and backstage
waiting areas. These experiences are juxtaposed with moments and places of
intense beauty in the world and the excitement and connection with audiences.
From the absurdly empty to the absurdly full, Moby captures the universal
situation that so many musicians and artists undergo living nomadic lives. The
combination of the album and book of photography, created while touring,
provides an intimate look at Moby’s world and his creative process.
Songs on Destroyed were written by Moby
mostly late at night, in hotel rooms around the world when cities had gone to
bed and the insomnia that worldwide travel can induce fueled his need to
create. A soundtrack for empty cities at 2 A.M., Destroyed fluctuates with nocturnal feelings of anxious isolation
and comfort in quiet solitude. The result is a 15-track collection that
conflates the atmospheric and the disconcerting with the enveloping and
beautiful – a record rich in the kind of melodies that are lodged in the brain
by stealth rather than with a bludgeon. Destroyed is an album that changes and evolves, exploring time,
expectation, and ultimately the tension it creates.
Destroyed was produced by Moby and mixed by
Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83) on old analog equipment and mixed on a 1972 Neve
analog mixing desk from Abbey Road. A cohesive body of work, Destroyed is to be listened to in its
entirety and, preferably, as it was made; late at night when your city has
gone to sleep.
been taking pictures as long as he’s been making music, or ever since he was
nine years old when his uncle presented him with an A Nikon F camera. To
this day Moby carries a camera wherever he goes. “Touring is all contrasts and
strangeness, and that’s what I’m trying to convey in these pictures.” The title
and front cover of Destroyed, both
album and book, is the product of Moby’s keen photographer eye. The
eye-catching image depicts the final part of an LED security warning: Unattended
luggage will be destroyed, which Moby snapped as it flashed up, one word at
time, in a deserted hallway at New
York’s La Guardia airport.
will be held in select cities to debut music and exhibit prints from
Destroyed. National Geographic will host the first event on May 9th
called, ‘Music on…Photography’, which is a National Geographic Music Live
multi-media series featuring renowned personalities in the music world as they
share their view of the planet from behind the camera lens. The event will be
held in Washington D.C. at National
Geographic Live Clic
Gallery in New York City
will host “Destroyed: Photographs by Moby”, an exhibition that will run from
May 12th through June 26th, featuring photos and
multimedia work from Destroyed. On May 11th, the book will launch
simultaneously with the exhibit opening and will include a book signing. The
following night on May 12th at Brooklyn Museum,
Moby will present and discuss his photographs, in addition to signing copies of
exhibitions and events will be scheduled in the U.S.,
including Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles in
September, and throughout Europe this summer
in conjunction with his concert tour.
appear at SXSW 2011 in Austin
this March at several events to be announced. He’ll also DJ during the Ultra
Music festival in Miami
on March 27.