In an enlightening BlackBook interview conducted in 2018, Moby observed, “In a way, we are the void; not that we see the void, we’re just clueless as to the actual nature of the Universe. So we stumble along and make mistakes and assume that we’re doing our best, when the truth is that we’re not seeing through a glass darkly…we’re not even seeing.”
Considering this shocking current pandemic reality, those words seem startlingly insightful, if not downright prophetic. But the always intense electronic music icon has ever possessed a particular sort of sensitivity to the socio-cultural context of our everyday existence. And with new single “Too Much Change,” he again seems to have deeply, viscerally captured the universal feeling of this singular moment in history.
With a haunting vocal by Apollo Jane, the lyrics seem to be voicing what most of us are surely thinking: “What are we supposed to say? / How are we supposed to stay? / And there’s too much change / There’s too much change.”
Sonically, it flits between minimalist soul, and lush but anxious, trance-y soundscapes.
The single is taken from his upcoming album All Visible Objects, due to be released May 15. Consider it “essential” listening.