True to that Moby sound, the latest album by the ex-New Yorker "Innocents" is the updated version of all his other albums and then firmly pressed together. Disinterested in money, the songwriting DJ Moby has brought us a soundtrack for the beach and the nightclub yet again. Not wildly different to any of his previous work, the musician does what he does best: play for fun.
Now, with his 11th album, he plays with collaborations as he opens up his creative repertoire with some novel guest vocalists. Not only is there the dark and bubbled Cold Specks' Al Spx, but also Damien Jurado, Skylar Grey, Mark Lanegan, and The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne who all come together for the man.
This latest album brings together that sensibility of piano and vocals with light and airy resonance. "Everything that rises" starts the album off with a sound so clear, so distinctly far away that it brings with it memories of long forgotten holiday seasons. The track "Going home" spins this expected web of slow haziness and "A long time" starts to rinse the melodies into a rhythm of open fields and big skies.
As dreamy as Moby's music generally is this feels hyped on some kind of slumber drug that caresses and blows kisses from all around. The sense that Moby, who now lives in California, has dedicated his life to music is truly clear. Unaffected by fads and commercialism he plays music and makes music because he cannot do anything else. It's his dharma, a choice no longer.
The album includes a list of random thoughts, or dreamy ideas, that seep off the pages and into his music. The man is grateful for so much evidently and his music reflects that self-reflective quality that is equated to Moby and everything he does. From vegan coffee shops, to trying to save the planet with his support for charities Moby even runs Moby Gratis. A site that is a resource for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or shorts.