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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:55:54
Moby has been busy in recent weeks. The king of techno is a famous vegan and vocal supporter of PETA, so on February 14th he added to the creative environment and promoted the issues he cares about with the release of a surprise video for “A Simple Love” from Moby & The Void Pacific Choir’s debut album, These Systems Failing. The video was taken as Moby’s opportunity to send a “love letter to animals and the people who love and rescue them.”
The artist has also been making waves in news headlines, claiming on his Facebook page that he knows a great deal of insider information as to how Donald Trump is being ‘blackmailed’ by the Russian government. This, of course, comes in the wake of a pretty confusing turn of events when rumors flew that he would be playing the forty-fifth president’s inauguration ceremony — an untruth that Moby denounced immediately.
Back in the world of music, the artist teamed up with Brooklyn’s iconic DJ Label Fool’s Gold to drop a pretty fantastic EP called Black Lacquer, a collection of four tracks — featuring reworked mixes from his singles “Go”, “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?”, “Natural Blues” and “Porcelain”. It’s a refreshing little EP which signals to the strength of the source material and speaks to the longevity of a trailblazing artist.
So yes, Moby has been busy both in production and in surfing the headlines, so it seemed like an appropriate time to dig out a release from 2016 — Moby Long Ambients1 — a free download of an ambient music collection, assembled to aid with meditation, yoga, relaxation and a pacifying of the mind.
The full mix is called Long Ambients: Calm Sleep, it’s available via all the usual streaming services — and it sits at over four hours long. This is an expansive soundscape that moves beyond tempo, plays with harmonics and tone, and delivers listeners into a place beyond the clock, and beyond thoughts.
There are textures, and we’re as close to ‘Space Ambient’ as descriptions would allow, but this isn’t tied to any aspect of the sub-genre expectation. This collection of eleven tracks, none shorter than seventeen minutes, moves like a glacier carrying objects to heavy to imagine. While nothing is defined nothing needs to be — this is a practice designed to let go of things, and move toward a clearer, cleaner space in which to think, rest and perceive.
For listeners who are afraid of ambient music, or the associated tags, Long Ambients: Calm Sleep is a solid introduction in the hands of a trusted practitioner. For those listeners who never really understood the pull of music without tempo, strict structures or lyrics, this is an excellent example of the genre at it’s best. It’s a sweeping project that proves Moby’s brilliance behind musical devices — a place where truths — not opinions — matter most.
Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep. can be downloaded for free here and is available on all major streaming platforms. Check it out below.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff