Moby’s new album, Wait for Me, may not be what fans expected. Taking a new approach, Moby focused on creating music without regard for commercial success. The most unique feature of Wait for Me, however, is the fact that it is entirely homemade; recorded in his home on personal equipment with help from Sigur Ros’ Ken Thomas. Even the liner notes are handcrafted, drawn by Moby on copy paper with a Sharpie.
Approaching surreal territory with haunting audio loops while also being reflective, Wait for Me begins with the elegant instrumentals of “Division”. This track leads nicely into “Pale Horses”, a song notable for the inspiring combination of rhythmic guitar, drums and vocals from Amelia Zirin Brown. “Shot in the Back of the Head” contains more complex instrumentation that manages to be both melancholy and relaxing. The song “Mistake” complements the leisurely tone of the album by offering a slightly more up beat guitar riff along with the cripplingly depressing lyrics from Moby’s vocals informing, “I have never felt this loss before/And the world is closing doors”.
Overall, Wait for Me is a simple but compelling album. While it does not provide the same kind of energy fans have come to expect from Moby, intricate instrumentals and clever composition more than makes up for this. Moby’s successfully met goal of creating an album solely for the art of music is one of his most accomplished endeavors to date.