Stress on Progress
The first notes on Dandelion Gum come from a humming synth and a vocoder that set the tone for one of the most original, well-crafted records of 2007. Black Moth Super Rainbow of Pittsburgh have transcended the gloom of that steel city with celestial harmonies and bright allusions.
Black Moth Super Rainbow’s trip-inducing electro-psych is not only a great introduction to the realms of electronica and indie rock for new enthusiasts but also an impressive example of original talent. Nearly every song mentions either the sun (“Forever Heavy,” “Sun Lips,” “They Live in the Meadow”) or the summertime (“Melt Me,” “Lollipopsichord,” “Neon Syrup for the Cemetery Siste”) adding to the naturalistic, earthy vibe of their compositions. The record also features extensive flute loops as well as live drumming and bass.
In contrast to what one might think upon listening to Dandelion Gum Black Moth is not made up of American Apparel-wearing alt-looking dudes. Rather, the female drummer looks like a Slipknot fan, the vocoderist is jacked with grey hair, and the lead synth girl looks like a quirkily attractive high school band nerd. Seeing them live is thus refreshing–the members bond over their music and everything else, including their appearance, comes second.
Dandelion Gum is accesible yet eccentric, fun yet deadpan, and shockingly different within its postmodern palette. This record is pure brilliance and is not to be missed by any means. Go into the forest, let the sun drench you in its yellow bliss and explore new realms with Black Moth as your guide.