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Black Moth Super Rainbow
by: Spinky 22 july 04
Despite having a name that sounds like it has been translated from the original Japanese, Black Moth Super Rainbow are an American band making retro tinged electronica, but without the enforced wackiness that seems to infect most of this type of music. "Start A People" is their 2nd album, and the first I'd heard of them.
Cheap sounding synthesisers, play over assorted buzzing noises, vocoders, and lo-fi drumming to create a sound that sounds brand new, but which also recalls incidental sci-fi themes from 80s movies, and old video games. Imagine if Autechre had been commissioned to score a Megadrive game or if Orbital had tried to create an album just using a stylophone, a dustbin lid, and a Commodore 64. With most tracks ending just after 2 minutes, and a significant number being under a minute long, the ideas are plentiful, and rarely outstay their welcome.
I highly recommend that you go to their website and download both "Trees and Colors and Wizards" (from the album) and the fantastically titled "I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too" (the download is a slightly different version to the version on Start A People). I personally think this band are a real find, and surely are due a higher profile in this country.
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