Moby recently released a video for his new single “Lie Down In Darkness”, from his 10th album, Destroyed. The song holds this symphonic atmosphere, and the when Moby and directors Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull (aka Institute For Eyes) all describe the song as “cinematic”, they hit the nail right on the head, because that’s exactly how it feels.
I’ve no doubt some will find this track boring or uninspiring, but the reality is, Moby manages to create these amazingly simple hooks (eg: those four backing vocal notes), and craft a whole song around them. To be able to take something so basic and build upon it, until it’s this mature and interesting song, is a talent in itself. And I think it’s from this base of simplicity that Moby manages to give his songs a personality – something special that separates his music from the rest.
Produced by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 fame, the new record from pop-punk band Motion City Soundtrack, "My Dinosaur Life", is to be released on January the 19th. The whole album is currently available for streaming on their MySpace page, but I’ll be reviewing the track "Her Words Destroyed My Planet" today.
If you go into this track expecting Motion City Soundtrack to reinvent the metaphorical pop-punk "wheel", you’ll be sorely disappointed. Even their "new style" doesn’t seem that much different to the work on "Even If It Kills Me", albeit the lack of dominating synthesizers, which I must say on the whole is an improvement. Though they can be used to good effect, I found them to get on my nerves more often than not. But I digress. Despite the fact "Her Words…" isn’t anything revolutionary, it’s not a bad effort for what they’re trying to do.
From what I’d read about Hoppus working with the band, I had a lot of hope for a more refined sound and maybe something a bit more outside their comfort zone. I guess maybe it is, but to me it just seems like a small step for the band when I was hoping for something a bit more ambitious. However this is just one track from a whole album, it could very likely be a bad indicator on which to judge the remaining tracks, both stylistically and in terms of quality. Time will tell. Strong fans of the band will no doubt love this track, and it may introduce some new people to the band. But for me, I’m currently doubting any longevity I had previously hoped for.