CHANGE OF TUNE

Richard Melville Hall was fun­da­men­tal in bring­ing dance music to the masses, now it’s the en­vi­ron­ment he’s tak­ing to the main­stream

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Moby, the elec­tronic artist known for his dark mu­si­cal un­der­tones and staunch ad­vo­cacy of an­i­mal rights, has an­nounced a new al­bum in the form of an en­vi­ron­men­tal man­i­festo.

En­ti­tled These Sys­tems Are Fail­ing, the al­bum to be re­leased on Oc­to­ber 14 will de­but his new act, Moby and the Void Pa­cific Choir.

Moby re­leased an ini­tial two tracks, which have echoes of the techno sound that made him fa­mous in the 1990s but carry a force­ful wall of gui­tar and bleak mi­nor-key ar­range­ments.

A video for the ti­tle track starts with Moby drag­ging a mi­cro­phone stand through a park­ing lot and into na­ture be­fore a rapid-paced tour of con­sumer cul­ture.

The video races through a su­per­mar­ket be­fore show­ing piles of chicks be­ing dumped to their deaths in an egg fac­tory and a sneer­ing Don­ald Trump.

In a video man­i­festo to an­nounce the al­bum, Moby – ap­pear­ing to be drown­ing in a pool to dark am­bi­ent music – ques­tions the cur­rent state of hu­man civil­i­sa­tion.

“We’re still act­ing as our an­ces­tors acted, grasp­ing for food, de­stroy­ing na­ture, killing an­i­mals, killing each other, main­tain­ing sys­tems that haven’t worked in a long time,” he says.

“These sys­tems are killing us. These sys­tems are killing ev­ery­thing. These sys­tems are fail­ing. Let them fail!”

Moby will re­lease the al­bum be­fore Cir­cle V, a new ve­gan music and food festival on Oc­to­ber 23 that he has launched in Los An­ge­les, where the na­tive New Yorker now re­sides.

The festival will be the only 2016 per­for­mance by Moby, who ear­lier in the year wrote the well-re­ceived mem­oir, Porce­lain.

Moby – who takes his stage- name from Moby Dick au­thor Her­man Melville, a dis­tant an­ces­tor – started as a guitarist in the hard­core punk scene of the 1980s be­fore find­ing his call­ing as a DJ.

While his lyri­cism is of­ten min­i­mal, Moby has rou­tinely in­fused his views into his music, re­leas­ing es­says with his al­bums to press for a ve­gan diet and to de­clare his be­lief in a tol­er­ant form of Chris­tian­ity.

Pic­ture: Chris Pavlich

Moby has sold more than 20 mil­lion al­bums, now he’s re­leas­ing some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent...

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