More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse - Moby
Moby is an artist whose career not only spans decades, but many aural fields. When he struck gold (or platinum if we’re counting record sales) with 1999’s Play, Moby had already flirted with a plethora of musical styles, whether in his solo career or in prior bands. Now with the second album from his Void Pacific Choir project, More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse, and hot on the heels of album one (only a year to follow up), we see a beautiful amalgamation of many aspects of his career.
The euphoric, atmospheric electronic elements found on Play and 18 (2002) also meet Moby’s hardcore and punk background, and containing elements from Animal Rights (1998). Tracks like opener "Silence" rest on distorted guitar in the verses which fade away to an airy synth driven chorus. Juxtaposed to this gritter sound is "In This Cold World", relying solely on moby’s electronic craft throughout, and whilst one of the cheerier sounding tracks of the record, lyrically the track is singing the blues. This is offset however by the pre chorus and the chorus itself, where we hear Moby frantically list off just how hopeless, alone and “ashamed of how it all began” over an elegant and sparkly arrangements of synths.
"In This Cold Place" video / Animation by Steve Cutts
Other stand out tracks come in the form of "There’s Nothing Wrong With The World There’s Something Wrong With Me" and "A Softer War". The former being another auditory, uplifting delight, whilst - as the title suggests - the lyrics are somewhat morbid. "A Softer War" however is another track that merges guitars with Moby’s electronic brilliance. Its lyrics aren’t as directly macabre as other tracks, and on the whole are rather heavy. But whether More Fast Song’s lyrics are depressed or abstract, the real beauty of the record lies in Moby’s composition and songwriting.
The rest of the record seems in part to recycle many elements of itself throughout, yet each track keeps a fresh and unique vibe. More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse coming only a year on from Moby’s first Void Pacific Choir record seems to indicate the DJ returning towards his punk and hardcore past, at least in mantra and lyrics. The record brilliantly mixes together Moby’s career and sees him use his music as a platform for the left wing beliefs he holds, with him being heavily outspoken about the Trump administration and his long time activism.