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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 out its notes ("Beautiful friiiieeennnnnd . . .") just enough to give it an unsettling edge.
Eating Us is — forgive me — the chewiest album Black Moth have yet made. Where 2007's Dandelion Gum pasted together 17 doodles in the attempt to make them cohere as a unit, Eating Us is more of a song-based album, with even bigger sound — thanks in part to the production of old Mercury Rev/Flaming Lips/MGMT hand Dave Fridmann. "Twin of Myself" sounds like a childhood fantasia made sonic flesh: twinkling keyboards, tight and lightly funky drum work, a meatier variant on Dandelion Gum's standout, "Rollerdisco." "Tooth Decay" rides an appealingly galumphing beat and lolling electric piano while laser-like synths flash across the landscape. This is a record… read more »