Black Moth Super Rainbow, 'Eating Us' (Graveface)

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by Shannon Zimmerman

Bookended by lumbering psychedelic bubblegum ("Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise") and a prog-ish miniature that combines Minutemen brevity with Jethro Tull pomp ("American Face Dust"), Eating Us won't alienate Black Moth's cult following: The band's deep disinterest in subtlety survives a traditional-studio trip. Flaming Lips and MGMT producer Dave Fridmann slathers the tracks with tweeter-melting synths ("Iron Lemonade") and overamped percussion that sounds miked through a clock radio ("Tooth Decay"). Woozy, smoked-out hooks are strewn like cigarette butts -- a Black Moth specialty that Fridmann dials up throughout this consistently twisted half-hour and change.

Listen: Black Moth Super Rainbow, "Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise" (DOWNLOAD MP3)

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