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Black Moth Super Rainbow
Falling Through a Field

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Black Moth Super Rainbow, formerly known as satanstompingcaterpillars, have a collection of material created from 2001-2003 that they recently released under their own auspices. This Pennsylvania-based found sound and electronics group of three consists of two brothers and a friend. They are very clearly influenced by the hallucinogenic phased electro of Boards of Canada. In fact, at times, their songs sound almost as if they are sampling Music Has the Right to Children, but of course, they aren't. It's hard to criticize them too much for this similarity because Black Moth Super Rainbow's music is in fact quite good. It's pretty and understated for the most part, lo-fi production that doesn't sound that way. They create using an array of instruments, including a Casio church organ, pots, pans, boxes as well as samplers and computers. Breakbeats are employed throughout, as on the excellent and dreamy "I Think it is Beautiful That You are 25b Colors Too," with its syrupy keys and barely breathed refrain of "I can't stand to everything ending". "Letter People Show" begins with a plucked banjo riff that gives way to a fast break and more creakily uttered vocals. "Boatfriend" is another exemplary track, employing a 'whump-whump' beat beneath tinkering keys. The sort of warbled and phased keyboard effect is used extensively on the album, which really supplies it with its comparisons to Boards of Canada. The record's title, Falling Through a Field, is an apt one, as the music seems to take the shape of the slow rise and fall of grass covered meadows rolling off into the distance. Black Moth Super Rainbow are abstract in their electronics but completely accessible; this is no Autechre. They are also lush and warm instead of harsh and mechanical; this is no Adult. For all their audible reference points, they are on to something good here and need only to persevere before the next electronic trio starts getting compared to them.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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