Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum - 2011 Psych Pop Pic Disc LP Ltd 1000 Copies -
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum
Label: Graveface Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Picture Disc, Limited Edition
Comes in a clear PVC sleeve. Limited to 1000 copies. Graveface Record Club copies hand-numbered.
Catalog number only appears in the runouts.
Released: 10 May 2011
Style: Leftfield, Psychedelic Rock, Downtempo, Synth-pop
A1 Forever Heavy
A2 Jump Into My Mouth And Breathe The Stardust
A3 When The Sun Grows On Your Tongue
A5 Sun Lips
A7 Drippy Eye
A8 Wall Of Gum
B1 Melt Me
B2 The Afternoon Turns Pink
B3 They Live In The Meadow
B4 Lost, Picking Flowers In The Woods
B5 Caterpillar House
B6 Neon Syrup For The Cemetery Sisters
B7 Spinning Cotton Candy In A Shack Made Of Shingles
B8 Untitled Roadside Demo
I'm new to this band, but I've grown to really like just about everything I've heard from them so far with Dandelion Gum being by far my favorite album. Their songs sound like collections of late seventies/early eighties PBS educational show's theme songs on steroids and dust, set to quasi-hip hop beats with a dash of folk and rock splashed in the right places for good measure. I know all those elements combined seem like they would be ridiculous together but it actually works and sounds incredible.
When I first heard Dandelion Gum by Black Moth Super Rainbow, I was alone in my living room at 2 AM, in just the right mindset for the musical journey on which I was about to embark. At first, the record was seemed slightly inaccessible if not artistically alien, but by a second or third listen, the album's psychedelic electro-folk soundscape began to unfold.
Dandelion Gum utilizes the technology of synthesizers, vocoders, and analog instrumentation such as drums and acoustic guitar looping to construct an animated hyper-reality. To spell out more specifically what this alternate world is like, the album insert captures it quite succinctly: "Deep in the woods of western Pennsylvania vocoders hum amongst the flowers and synths bubble under the leaf-strewn ground while flutes whistle in the wind and beats bounce to the soft drizzle of a warm acid rain.
As the sun peeks out from between the clouds, the organic aural concoction of Black Moth Super Rainbow starts to glisten above the trees." The band, basing its recording project somewhere in rural Pennsylvania, combines synthetic electronic sounds to construct a hallucinatory environment like no other. The moods suggests a place deep within the woods of a storybook, or somewhere along a rainbow, or perhaps just a dream world encountered along the way during some kind of psilocybin-induced journey.
Regardless of the `artistic location,' the tracks are more importantly impressive in their original use of music technology. With trippy keyboard loops and guitar riffs, overlaid with drum sampling and synth swishes and wheows, each song carries the catchy and highly creative psychedelic theme, though not sacrificing each track's individuality in the process. The keyboards sound vintage with Moog-like textures and a sort of early synthesizer nostalgia, while the guitars sparkle with heavily reverbed acoustic melodies.
What distinguishes the album as a whole, however, are the vocals. The leads singer, also known by the alias "TOBACCO" sings the entire record through a vocoder, greatly distorting any lyrical clarity, and veiling the otherwise poppy melodies with a kind of dark ambience. The kinds of timbres generated through this vocoding create voices that sound unrecognizably human, almost fairytale-esque. Manipulated through technological means in a striking original way, the vocals style of TOBACCO suit their psychedelic hyper-reality almost perfectly.
The magnum opus of the album is "Sun Lips."
With its convincingly melodic synth looping and catchy lyrical chant "I love to be with you and the sun will rise, the sun will rise," the song epitomizes the mood and electronic textures that Black Moth is trying to achieve. "Lost Picking Flowers in the Woods" actually uses a Hammond B3 riff, reinforced by a powerful, driving percussion to establish its hauntingly trippy theme. Other gems on the album include "Jump into my Mouth and Breath the Stardust," "Rollerdisco," "Drippy Eye," and "Lollipopsichord."
With Dandelion Gum, Black Moth Super Rainbow has effectively embraced technology through the use of vocoding, synthesizers, and sampling to construct an entirely new world of their own, born from the creative depths of a dark, yet playful psychedelic imagination. But even amongst all of the technological gadgetry at work, there is still something less-than-serious about their vision, as though they intentionally used analog and early electronic sounds to establish a world that is actually quite playful. Whatever the case, Black Moth leaves that sort of interpretation up to the listener.
Tracks like "When the Sun Grows on Your Tongue", "Jump Into My Mouth and Breathe the Stardust", & "Forever Heavy" have been rolling around in my head for days now, the rest of the album has stuck really well, but those are the tracks that stood out for me. I've listened to nothing but BMSR and The Octopus Project for the past week or so, but Dandelion Gum has been the one getting the most play.
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Forever Heavy
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BMSR - Spinning Cotton Candy In A Shack Made of Shingles
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Black Moth Super Rainbow - Lost, Picking Flowers in the Woods
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BMSR - When the Sun Grows On Your Tongue
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Black Moth Super Rainbow - Jump into My Mouth and Breath the Stardust
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