Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Born on a Day the Sun Didn’t Rise”
Pairs well with…Justice, a trippier version of Air, the boat ride scene in Willy Wonka
Thick, smoky neon beams coursing through a slotted opening freshly carved across a mannequin’s forehead. This is the first three bars of a song by the Pittsburgh outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow (BMSR). The end of the phrase animates the mannequin who dances (albeit robotically) and moves with a defined limp in his gait. This music might be freaky-electro, scarred-tronic, filth-chorded — however you characterize this dense-with-stimulant-and-synth sound, time not listening is time wasted…or time not destroying precious brain cells and inner ear hairs. The limitless realm of electronic tones and textures produces its share of overdosing. BMSR, in contrast, ushers us so uncomfortably close to that threshold, and lets us quiver at the precipice of unacceptably noisy and oversaturated, then carefully tugs us back off the ledge. And that’s just the end of the first song.