Review: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Eating Us

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Pittsburgh experimental rock ensemble Black Moth Super Rainbow produces some of the headiest psychedelic electro-fizz you’ll hear around right now, day-glow vibrant and spaced-out like an acid trip to the moon.

The band tones down the face-melting mania and turns wistfully surreal for its fourth full-length, Eating Us (Graveface), setting blotter paper lyricism against a rich and dreamy orchestra of synthesized sound — dense, swirling textures of synthi-chord, synth-strings, synth-flute and synth everything else.

BMSR’s whispery vocoder-processed vocals are smoother than usual and imbued with the sort of mechanical feeling you’d expect from a robot resigned to his soulessness and learning to work with it, not against it. Paired with various acoustic flourishes (including a real drummer in place of the usual drum machine) and the in-studio assistance of Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, Eating Us brings a freshness to the band’s electronic rainbow mayhem without losing its bubble gum stickiness and melodic drippiness.

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