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Moby nearly Destroyed; plans epic year, releases free EP!

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It’s been less than two years since Moby unleashed his last opus, 2009’s Wait for Me, but with festival dates planned for both SXSW and Ultra Music Festival, you sort of knew he had something up his sleeve. This May, New York’s favorite vegan returns with his tenth studio album. Titled Destroyed, the new effort finds the celebrated composer tackling issues of urban isolation. As the guru himself notes, it’s “broken down melodic electronic music for empty cities at 2 a.m.” Sort of just runs a cold finger down your spine, huh?

Produced by Moby and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83), who also collaborated on Wait for Me, the album was recorded on old analog equipment and mixed on a 1972 Neve analog mixing desk from Abbey Road. Much like most of Moby’s work, the press release indicates Destroyed is “to be listened to in its entirety and, preferably, as it was made; late at night when your city has gone to sleep,” adding that, “[it’s] an album that changes and evolves, exploring time, expectation, and ultimately the tension it creates.” For a taste of the new record, Moby has offered a free EP for new single, “Be The One”, which can be downloaded below. He’s also unleashed three videos for each song, which you can watch at Cluster 1.

On his blog, he indicates that he will be touring, stating, “mainly in europe but also in north america. maybe some other places, as well, but i don’t know yet.” He points to his official site for any additional shows.

Outside of music, Moby plans to showcase his photography in a new book that will be released in conjunction with the new album. Since a child of nine-years-old, the composer has always carried a camera with him, and as a result, he has an engaging collection of photos. “Touring is all contrasts and strangeness, and that’s what I’m trying to convey in these pictures,” he explains. The book will also see a series of exhibits that will tour across the country in select cities. The first event, “Music on…Photography”, will be hosted by National Geographic on May 9th in Washington, D.C., where only part of Moby’s work will be showcased amongst the work of renowned personalities in the music world. However, his actual exhibit, “Destroyed: Photographys by Moby”, will open at New York’s Clic Gallery and run from May 12th through June 26th. For those in the area, the artist will be doing book signings on May 11th and 12th, at both the Clic Gallery and the Brooklyn Museum, respectively.

Busy year for the guy, but an exciting one for fans everywhere. We’ll keep you updated.

Destroyed will hit streets May 17th (via Mute).

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