Black Moth Super Rainbow

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Falling Through A Field (2003), 6/10
Start A People (2004), 6/10
Dandelion Gum (2007), 6.5/10
Eating Us (2009), 5/10
Cobra Juicy (2012)

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Pennsylvania's Satanstompingcaterpillars released Flower Slides (2000) and The Most Wonderfulest Thing (2002) before changing name to Black Moth Super Rainbow. They predated the revival of the new wave and the electro movement with the lo-fi electronic pop of Falling Through A Field (Graveface, 2003 and Start A People (Graveface, 2004), characterized by analog keyboards. The sprawling Dandelion Gum (Graveface, 2007) was reminiscent of the Boards Of Canada.

Black Moth Super Rainbow's member Tobacco (Tom Fec) debuted solo with Fucked Up Friends (2008), a parade of vignettes for vintage electronic keyboards and hip-hop beats (and the occasional rapper, even Aesop Rock). Its follow-up Maniac Meat (Anticon, 2010) was equally entertaining and retro, and featured a rap by Beck.

Eating Us (Graveface, 2009) was a much more professional affair than their previous albums, containing charming and harmless vignettes such as Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise and Twin of Myself; but it was mostly lifeless.

The single Don't You Want To Be In A Cult (Mexican Summer, 2009) contains two brief electronic jams.

Black Moth Super Rainbow's Ken Fec launched Power Pill Fist with Kongmanivong (2008) and Extra Life (Graveface, 2009).

Black Moth Super Rainbow's Eating Us (Graveface, 2011) contains the synth-poppy Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise (a 2009 single) but it is mostly too relaxed to make a dent.

Cobra Juicy (Rad Cult, 2012) continued in that laid-back mode, except that a slicker production explicitly targeted the electroclash-infected dancefloor with the ethereal poppy Windshield Smasher (possibly their commercial apex), Gangs in the Garden, a carbon copy of synth-pop of the 1980s, and the sensual Hairspray Heart that blends Black Sabbath and Depeche Mode (with a melody eerily reminiscent of the Bloodhound Gang's The Bad Touch). However, the touching Spraypaint evokes the ye-ye girls of the Sixties and the whispered ballad Psychotic Love Damage aims for spineless radio-friendly muzak.

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