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Moby asks you to Wait…

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Maybe it’s a new trend, but it seems like more and more acts are churning out new material left and right these days. We’re not going to complain, however, especially when the likes of Moby is involved. That’s right. Only a year after he put out his throw back album Last Night, New York’s own bald boy wonder is back with something to really talk about.

Titled Wait for Me, this ninth studio album puts Moby at work with his emotions again, only this time he promises things to be a bit more personal and moody:

“In making this record i wanted to focus on making something that i loved, without really being concerned about how it might be received by the marketplace. as a result it’s a quieter, more melodic, more mournful and more personal record than some of the records i’ve made in the past”

Everything about this album is handcrafted, even down to the album artwork, which Moby constructed with copy paper and black sharpie markers. He’s also kept this project secret for an entire year, a feat that isn’t too hard given that he’s been recording in the confines of his own home. That’s not to say he didn’t have any help. In addition to his friends’ creative contributions both musically and artistically, producer Ken Thomas (of Sigur Ros and M83 fame) joined in the fun, sharing duties with the mixing. Moby seems quite pleased:

“mixing the record with him was really nice, as he’s creatively open to trying anything – like recording an old broken bakelite radio and running it through some broken old effects pedals to see what it would sound like.  it’s on the record as a :45 second long track called ‘stock radio'”.

As if that all weren’t thrilling enough, director David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Dr.) is also on board with this renegade inventive effort. The cult director shared his creative sensibilities with the video for the current premiere single, “Shot in the Back of the Head”. it’s an animated video, black and white, but somehow the director manages to squeeze that trademark mystery of his into the three minutes and fifteen seconds. What a perfect song, too. It’s just the kind of song fans of Last Night (or his earlier work) will downright hate. For those interested, the single is currently available as a free download via his official site.

So, let’s do a quick run though. A depressed Moby? Check. A moody, atmospheric single? Check. An excellent video? Double check. From the sounds of it, this could be a great, great thing. Let’s just hope he has some interest in an Area: Three Festival this time around. Pretty please?

Wait For Me arrives in stores June 30, 2009.

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