Black Moth Super Rainbow
Cobra Juicy


3.5
great

Review

by Fry Farnsworth USER (45 Reviews)
October 28th, 2012 | 37 replies | 2,573 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine GLAdos's acid dropping brother wanted to make some music...

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Imagine yourself being folded into a paper airplane. A floating hand tosses you into a tunnel labeled “Cobra Juicy” and you watch the sounds drip from the colorful walls onto the floor. These sounds then evaporate and condense into pink clouds as you glide through them hazily all the way to the other side. This is just one example of the imagination the music of Black Moth Super Rainbow conjures within the listener, which easily rivals most television programs on today. Described by many as the sonic equivalent of an acid trip, the psychedelic/indie group from Pennsylvania have offered us a slightly less potent hit of their music but rest assured it’ll still take you on one soothing, trippy ride. Cobra Juicy has the group tightening up their song structures and cutting some songs with a dash of pop yet having none of their unique sound lost in translation.

Of all the ways which a band can capture and hold the attention of a listener, Black Moth Super Rainbow has one of the more unique and bizarre techniques for doing so. Using a mixture of simple drums beats, reverb, electronics, and a vocoder, Cobra Juicy doesn’t deviate heavily from the group’s previous efforts but all the same does an excellent job of allowing one to lose track of time. The opener/single “Windshield Smasher” is of the two tracks on the record with the pop sensibilities mentioned earlier with its upbeat tempo as well as sporting a catchy pop sounding chorus. This song is not very indicative of the entire record as the majority of it is a slow (though not dragging) journey into whatever you’ll be imagining while listening. Songs like “Dreamsicle Bomb” and the gem, “The Healing Power of Nothing” ,showcase the synth/vocoder duality very well with Tobacco’s airy, wistful delivery complimenting the slow pacing of the songs and the synths doing the job of holding the vibe of each song together well.

Good use of other sounds such as the nice lo-fi electric guitar in “Hairspray Heart” or the acoustic guitar used in some break up the possible monotonous experience and shows a great ear by the band for using different instruments to create their sound. As stated before while many of these songs are slow in pacing, Cobra Juicy also showcases some nice funky beats which add a little extra flair to this already trippy trip. Techno wouldn’t be the correct way to describe these funky moments but the energy and mood does indeed ramp up in these instances. This could either hurt or help the record as a whole depending on how the listener wants to interpret them but personally, a little variety never hurts.

Cobra Juicy is a calm ride on a slow moving ship in an ocean of colorful waves, some waves will crash against the ship and temporarily wake you from your daze but you can expect an easy, smooth ride for most of the trip. Fans of the groups have tasted this music before and while Cobra Juicy is less “free-range” then say, “Dandelion Gum”, it tastes just as good going down.



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Calc
October 28th 2012



10857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can now cross off "Psychadelic" on my slow quest to review an album in every subgenre of rock.

Music Video for Windshield Smasher here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L1jQ-VV9Fs

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



18612 Comments


Great review definitely deserves a pos so pos'd

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012



4337 Comments


Yeah, really good review. I was thinking about reviewing this but havent heard the album yet. I'm excited to listen to it though as I really like this band myself.
anyway, POS'd.

Calc
October 28th 2012



10857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys, paper you review a lot of psychedelic I thought you'd have reviewed this before me actually lol

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



14500 Comments


nice review, loved the first paragraph, pos

Digging: Atomic Ape - Swarm

Flagran12
October 28th 2012



64 Comments


Great review

Rev
October 28th 2012



9292 Comments


great review


Gangs in the Garden is my fav

Calc
October 28th 2012



10857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mine is prolly The Healing Power of Nothing

WeepingBanana
October 28th 2012



9897 Comments


damn still gotta listen to this. i'm expecting more of the same stuff but it's all good so yeah

Calc
October 28th 2012



10857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes silent blah blah blah i get it.

Cygnatti
October 28th 2012



19991 Comments


I really liked dandelion gum. nice short write-up, calc.

have a pos. :3

Digging: Lo-Fang - Blue Film

Calc
October 28th 2012



10857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

your "criticism" is based upon an assumption people who look up this group have heard them before. Which is right off the bat such a baseless assumption that everything else you say is moot. All your trying to do is talk shit, which is your schtick I get it but getting pissy that I don't respond to it like you want is pitiful. I don't know why you even post on anything of mine anymore.

Calc
October 28th 2012



10857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

btw please don't neg all my reviews again you little baby lol

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2012



4337 Comments


Thanks guys, paper you review a lot of psychedelic I thought you'd have reviewed this before me actually lol


Yeah, I am obsessed with psychedelia. I was planning to review it but you pretty much covered it all. Good work, man.

Cygnatti
November 1st 2012



19991 Comments


no your is right

Cygnatti
November 1st 2012



19991 Comments


I thought you were talking about the 'your "criticism"' part which is about all I read of that comment

Cygnatti
November 1st 2012



19991 Comments


D:

Cygnatti
November 1st 2012



19991 Comments


but I don't got reviews! D:

Ovrot
November 1st 2012



10253 Comments


Band rules

I should have got the mask

lancebramsay
November 1st 2012



1585 Comments


Love this band.

Also, review was totally bubble gum.



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