Who’da thunk Moby would put out the first (and best) post-New Wave release of the 21st Century? Is “Post-New Wave” even a thing already? It should be if it isn’t and Moby can be the progenitor. Seriously the greatest album to drop out of nowhere this year, More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse is the best album you didn’t know you needed to hear over and over.
But I digress.
Moby (Yes, THAT Moby) has released his second album with The Void Pacific Choir and it’s even better than the last. Stirring the pot from the onset with “Silence” and its’ abundance of syncopated beats and robotic guitar lines underlying Moby’s hypnotic delivery, More Fast Songs… continues along the lines of These Systems Are Failing but goes deeper. And you can’t get any deeper than “A Softer War” which follows “Silence”.
I could write a whole review centered around how awesome “A Softer War” is and how it’s this great amalgamation of Devo and the best electro outfits of the New Wave era tinged with these mechanical Gary Numan moments…but I won’t. Because you need to hear it for yourself. Repeatedly. So you, too, can discover the depths and layers within this sonic success story.
“I Wait For You” is a little more straight up accessible with feedback-soaked guitars surrounding a veritable ’80’s soundtrack lurker. “Trust” is that song that you hear in the club that causes you to pogo uncontrollably as your limbs flail and you shout nonsensicals while “A Happy Song” is the best New Wave/Punk clash you’ll ever need to hear. Moby sounds almost unhinged as he repeats “This is just a happy song” within the synthetic walls that hearken back to a certain era but still sound relevant within the Apocalypse.
More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse is out now. For free! Physical editions (Not for free) are also available courtesy of Little Idiot/Mute. Get all your Moby & The Void Pacific Choir stuff here and here.