Black Moth Super Rainbow
Start A People


4.5
superb

Review

by Well_Respected_Man USER (13 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 12 replies | 6,466 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

If you have ever wondered what would happen if Radiohead did a trip hop version of Kid A for a PBS show, then you have the answer right here. It’s the closet thing I can compare it to and rightfully so. A robot sings all the lyrics, Many of the beats are electronic, and there are plenty of old analog synths like in many Kid A songs. The mood is drastically different though. Start A People is much more childlike and happier then the cynical Kid A. Actually the entire theme can be traced back to old children shows and childlike nostalgia. Simply put this very fun album.

My favorite thing about Start a People is the great synth tones. Starting from the album opener “Raspberry Dawn" You are instantly greeted with warm moog melody in a Philip Glass fashion. Another bell melody glosses over the moog line and eventually the drums come in for an awesome groove. Being a synth junkie I love the attention they get. They are my favorite form of ear candy. Beeps and bops surrounding me while wearing headphones seem to light up my mind like a light bulb. From sine basses to processed strings and you get a great variety in tone and Black Moth Super Rainbow do a great job of creating textures to let them shine.

The drums and bass are also great. Their tight locked grooves are often the highlight of the song. There is also a good variety in tone and rhythm with the drums. It’s real tempting to call it hip hop at times but the drums have a personality of their own constantly under some sort of effect or clipping. I have yet to tire from them.

Then of course there are the robot vocals, which really give BMSR their Identity. I usually enjoy them although every once in a while they can become annoying. Overall they work out for the better though as a robot singing about sunshine and death from a childlike perspective is much more interesting than your normal rock singer.

Very few of the songs here follow a certain structure, another plus. Songs like “I Am The Alphabet" clocking in at only a minute are amazing interludes. It’s better to keep things moving than to drag on something that has already proved its point. Be sure to pay attention though or this will seem like one big electronic blob.

Overall, I really didn’t expect much from an obscure group like this. I actually couldn’t find any of their records on Amazon and had to order this trough the orange twin label. It’s an obscure indie gem and I highly recommend it. One of my favorite albums of the year.



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Bartender
Emeritus
October 31st 2004



826 Comments


Good review, this sounds like great stuff. Good name for a start, and trip-hop often throws out something well worth listening to. That Astralwerks letter is awesome too. Thanks.

Happymeal
October 31st 2004



330 Comments


Ooh, trip-hop. Gonna check them out one of these days.

I swear I've seen this album before. O.o

Dark Hero
October 31st 2004



160 Comments


I heard these guys awhile ago. Good review also.

Dark Hero
October 31st 2004



160 Comments


I Am The Alphabet is awesome. I really like the robot vocals but they get kinda stale over time.

Iai
Emeritus
October 31st 2004



3553 Comments


Never even heard of it. Will be checking this out.

biografiend
April 17th 2005



55 Comments


Black Moth Super Rainbow are one of my favorite artists at the moment. Awesome review.

Zorg
November 9th 2006



65 Comments


Loving Black Moth Super Rainbow right now.

Apocalyptic Raids
May 3rd 2007



810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've heard their newest one and it's really good. I should go back and check this out.

Zebra
Moderator
May 5th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really good when I want some upbeat electronica but it's almost too fluffy and synth heavy for my tastes.

Apocalyptic Raids
June 12th 2007



810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice album.

wachooo
August 19th 2010



121 Comments


Can anyone tell me how this music gets any good feedback?

Honestly, I am not putting down indie music.

idk if this album is very indie, but other stuff I listened to by them was pretty indie.

But it all seems so empty and no emotion, no intensity. I can't relate to the music.



Anthracks
February 23rd 2014



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i don't want to live through winter



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