Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Start A People"
(The 70s Gymnastic Recording Co. 2004, 70SGYM01)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: July 2004

Besides having one of the best band names Iíve heard in a long time, the self-styled "electronic junk band" Black Moth Super Rainbow have taken on the challenging and intriguing venture of re-creating the sounds of the early 70ís, as heard through the ears of a child. Pretty ambitious, considering none of the bandís members were even alive in the 1970ís! Well, speaking from the point of view of someone who was a child of the early 70ís, I can tell you this album somehow did manage to induce fond and patchy memories of my early youth. Nothing specific, you understand. Thatís the magic of Start a People. It can take you back to a time you think you remember, without actually remembering it. Does that make sense? Who knows? But I think this album could just as easily appeal those who were not necessarily a child of that era as can to those who were.

With an array of analogue synths at their disposal, mangled tapes, and cheerfully cheesy vocorderized vocals, Black Moth Super Rainbow comes across as sort of a lo-fi, more experimental version of the French duo Air, with a lot more warmth and dizzyingly fragmented nostalgia thrown in for good measure. Great titles like Raspberry Dawn, I Think Itís Beautiful That You are 256 Colors Too, Early 70ís Gymnastics, Folks With Magik Toes, and I Am the Alphabet evoke the colorful, sunshiny magic television world of Make a Wish, Sesame Street, H.R. Puff ní Stuff, and School House Rock without ever making a single specific reference to any of those.

What can I say? This album was a complete surprise and I totally dug it. I think youíll dig it too. Welcome to the 70ís, man.

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Contact via snail mail c/o The 70s Gymnastic Recording Co.; 2290 Linwood Drive; Allison Park, PA 15101.

Reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald

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