Moby’s last two albums took him on an interesting detour, collaborating as he did with The Void Pacific Choir. Now he’s giving us another proper Moby long player, but we’ll have to wait until the turn of spring to hear it in its entirety.
In the meantime, he’s teasing with this rather unexpected new single and video. We say so, because It’s actually a reworking of the fabled slavery-era spiritual song, “Like a Motherless Child.” Curiously enough, he gives it a contemporary reworking that comes off like a funked-up T. Rex, without compromising its visceral force.
Indeed, his stark, poetic recitation of his updated lyrics, “This was my truth / This was no game / This was not hope / This was not fame / I couldn’t leave, I couldn’t stay / Like a motherless child” gave us a bit of chill. Perhaps one could readily read it as a timely metaphor for the current socio-political climate.
The title of the upcoming album (again on Mute) , Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt, appears ironic, or perhaps hopeful. We’re pulling for the latter.