Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dandelion Gum

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Dandelion Gum

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Black Moth Super Rainbow's third full-length is a concept album about witches that make candy in the woods. The soundtrack? Hazy, sun-dappled electronica that's more than a little indebted to Boards of Canada, of course. What makes BMSR different, however, is that the group plays this music live in the studio — no sequencers allowed. What occurs is a ramshackle version of the library music that their contemporaries trade in — an even more off-kilter version of a genre already built on unease.

You'll be able to hear it immediately in opener, “Forever Heavy,” whose serrated Doppler synth give the track a wobbly, uncomfortable sheen. Things clear up a bit on the poppy “Sun Lips,” but there's still enough reverb on the vocoded vocals to make you as wary as Hansel and Gretel should have been.