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Eating Us

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Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise
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Dark Bubbles
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Twin Of Myself
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Gold Splatter
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Iron Lemonade
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Tooth Decay
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Fields Are Breathing
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Smile The Day After Today
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The Sticky
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Bubblegum Animals
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American Face Dust
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Untitled Hidden Track
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 35:45

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05.26.09
Black Moth Super Rainbow, Eating Us
2009 | Label: Graveface Records / The Orchard

Black Moth Super Rainbow makes music that evokes both stirring psychedelic highs and their slightly queasy comedowns. Their songs are often beautiful, but there's a haunted-house menace creeping just under the surface. Take "Gold Splatter," one of the many standouts from the Pittsburgh psych-rock group's fourth album: plangent acoustic guitar, sea-swept strings, poky beat, lovely melody — and then there's frontman Tobacco's voice, sent through a digital sieve to extract the tune's sweetness, but dragging… read more »

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doesn't suck

mojolounge

pretty decent stuff. have to say i prefer their Drippers album over this one, though!

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ugh!! now they sound like Air!

orionxl

don't get me wrong, I love Air. i just don't want BMSR to sound like them. there are so many directions they could have gone with their sound that didn't include this one. for what purpose the glossing? BMSR always sounded like BoC's extroverted little brother who liked sleeping with depressed Goth girls. truly a guy i can root for. this sounds middle-aged or three months into a Paxil prescription and a self help seminar. i could not even get past the samples.

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I'VE ALWAYS LIKED EM'

iZZisDiZZi

SIMPLY DELIGHTFUL, LIKE A SPOON FULL OF HONEY...

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Welcomed

Optical-Sewer

I love BMSR's unique and quirky sound, and unlike "Dandelion Gum"-- which I think begins to wear out its welcome-- "Eating Us" is a better-proportioned snack.

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nice.

Vulgaris

this is my first exposure to bmsr. it gets more rich with each listen

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Took a few times

EMUSIC-01D38F96

I didnt immediately like the whole album but its growing on me, definately worth a listen

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Yup...

elbuort

This album is even better than the last (Dandelion Gum). If you even remotely like electronic music, do yourself a favor and try this one out. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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How could this not be a pick?

spaten

Their previous album was ok but this one launches in a better direction. Like M83 crossed with Air crossed with Ween.

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Post-rockalyptic dreams

timabouttown

Can't tell you about acid, but I know from dreams. Or maybe my dreams would sound more like acid to you. Regardless, peerless.

They Say All Music Guide

It must have become clear at some point in the beginning stages of planning their fourth album that something had to change for Black Moth Super Rainbow, that perhaps they had taken their sound as far as they could and needed an upgrade. It sounds like they got tired of making music in a dingy basement filled with melted candles and old pizza boxes and figured it was time to move to the big leagues. To that end, on Eating Us they’ve paired with Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev producer Dave Fridmann and made a record that is far slicker and pro sounding than anything they’ve done before. Whether you, as a fan of their previous work, want to follow along might depend on how you feel about the opening track, “Born on a Day the Sun Didn’t Rise,” sounding like it’s a Robert Plant vocal shy of being a track from Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door. The drums are thunderous, the synths are clear and soaring, and the song is crisply hooky; in fact, if it weren’t for Tobacco’s vocodered vocals you might not even peg it as a BMSR song right away. As the album goes along, though, the band’s unique vision asserts itself despite the application of a fair amount of studio gloss. They still hand out enough sticky sweet, slightly creepy pop candy to supply a whole neighborhood’s worth of Halloween treats, and provide more than enough glowing melody and sonic weirdness to satisfy the basic requirements of a BMSR record. The addition of organic instruments like acoustic guitar and live drums seems like a bad move at first, but they end up meshing with the cheap synths very well, and Tobacco’s vocals are somehow more effective when juxtaposed with them. The contrast gives songs like the elegiac “Gold Splatter” some emotional power that was unavailable on previous albums. It certainly doesn’t make the record boring or overblown to have a little more scale and dimension given to the group’s sound — you can see how a little of that might come in handy when writing songs about “Tooth Decay” and “Iron Lemonade” — not enough pomp to make them sound like Coldplay for sure, but enough to show that they won’t just keep making the same (admittedly great) record over and over. On Eating Us, Black Moth Super Rainbow prove that they can grow up a little without growing boring, and still deliver exactly the same amount of unhealthy sweetness as before. – Tim Sendra

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