Published Feb 15, 2011The last we heard from Moby, the bald-headed electronic music star was feeding and clothing an acid-addled stranger> who had wandered into his house during the night. Well, this latest news is of a more musical variety: on May 17, Moby will release a new LP, Destroyed, via Mute/EMI.
According to a press release, the album was largely written in hotel rooms late at night while Moby suffered from tour-induced insomnia. Described as a "soundtrack for empty cities at 2 a.m.," it "fluctuates with nocturnal feelings of anxious isolation and comfort in quiet solitude."
Moby self-produced the record and hired Ken Thomas (Cocteau Twins, Sigur Rós) to mix on vintage analog gear. The album apparently "conflates the atmospheric and the disconcerting with the enveloping and beautiful -- a record rich in the kind of melodies that are lodged in the brain by stealth rather than with a bludgeon."
Destroyed will be accompanied by a photography book, with shots taken by Moby. The 128-page book contains 55 pictures from around the world. Moby is a life-long photography enthusiast, and you can see a sample of his work in the form of the album cover above, which was shot at La Guardia airport in NYC.
To build anticipation for the album, Moby has released a free EP called Be the One, bringing together three tracks from Destroyed. You can download it in the widget embedded below. Scroll past that and you can see the video for "Be the One."