Archive for April 30, 2008

Black Moth Super Rainbow- “Dandelion Gum” 2xLP (Graveface Records, 2008)

Posted in music, records, Tom with tags , , on April 30, 2008 by criticalreviews

My first experience with Black Moth Super Rainbow was last summer, they played one of the first free shows that I got to go to after quiting my job at Whole Foods(I used to work all weekend). BMSR was opening for Fujiya & Miyagi at South Street Sea Port, and I honestly wasn’t all that familiar with either of them. BMSR played a really amazing set, and although I was too far away to really see them it was just nice to zone out and hear their wonderful music on a beautiful day. It took me until this past February to track down something of theirs on LP, and boy was it worth the wait!

Dandelion Gum was officially released in 2007 on CD, but the LP didn’t come out til the beginning of 2008 (both versions are on Graveface Records). I really didn’t know it was coming out, but it was magically on the shelve of Sound Fix! After I left the record store I noticed that my tote smelled sweet, and I was wondering what was in there. After further examination I found out that the cover of Dandelion Gum was not only beautiful, but also SCRATCH AND SNIFF…bubble gum scented (which is located as you can probably guess on the pink bubble)!

I have been buying records for a longtime, and this is the first time I have encounted Smell-o-Vision on an LP. I have seen skulls, buzz saws, hearts, just about every shape inmaginable, 5″s, but I have never had another one that smelled good. This was a great start to my first record purchase off of Graveface.

Once I got past the smell of the record, I found that the whole packaging was really nicely done. The LP jacket is full color and gatefold. The LPs themselves are pressed wonderful pink and gold splattered heavy vinyl (seen above).

BMSR making their own vein of electro-folk-psychedelica that can really can take you off into a dream world, and the art and smell of the record really add to it. All of the vocals are run thru a vocader with the result being constant distortion. Honestly the vocals kinda bothered me at first, but I find the more I listen to it they just blend into the rest of the music adding to the whole feel. Musically BMSR draws from late 90’s early 2000’s IDM like Boards of Canada and Air as well as psychedelic pop from the early ’70’s. They desribe themselves as:

“Led Zeppelin in search of the perfect riff, folk tales of western pennsylvania, [and] people who broadcast stuff from hidden places”

I could imagine that this record might be an alien transmission that is picked up from deep space satellites…it makes me think of breezy summer days with the windows open, laying on the floor with the sun shining onto my face (or better yet with my headphones on in the park…but that involves the iPod). Some people thought:

It’s almost as if the whole album is about drugs. But by drugs I don’t mean conventional drugs, I mean drugs as in how sugar has an adverse effect on young children and you should never feed them candy or else this album happens inside their minds.

While others were more positive:

Still, despite the occasionally folky melodic sensibility, Black Moth’s aesthetic is always spacey– they’re more likely to be scoring a laser show at a planetarium than busking on a street corner. Wherever these guys are holed up and whether or not they really call the drummer Iffernaut, Dandelion Gum is a nice surprise and a good example of why doing one thing very well is sometimes more than enough.

I have to say that Graveface Records is a label to watch out for. They seem to be doing really interesting limited edition records, and all of them done right. I am 99% sure that this edition of the Dandelion Gum is sold out (only 1000 made, 500 of which were hand numbered…I didn’t get one of the first 500), but there is a second edition coming out on black vinyl and it will still be scratch and sniff. But if you see it on the shelf at your local record store you might get one of the first press!

Black Moth Super Rainbow has a couple shows coming up (two of which are in NYC):

May 21: Cambridge, MA @ the Middle East*
May 22: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*
May 23: Manhattan, NY @ Knitting Factory*
May 24: Washington DC @ Rock n’Roll Hotel*
July 27: Brooklyn, NY @ McCarren Pool$ (This show is on a Sunday and most likely will be free)
*=w/ Subtle

media (enjoy):

“Forever Heavy” (from Dandelion Gum):

a really fucking weird video for “Sun Lips” (also from Dandelion Gum) directed by Matt Dilmore