Black Moth Super Rainbow

Black Moth Super Rainbow: Now that's a mouthful. Not only does the name resonate like a confusingly translated Japanese cartoon, but also it conjures up elements of science fiction, mythology, and, most of all, sensory saturation. It's not unlike a midnight walk through Tokyo's manic, multimedia freak-out Shibuya district. In turn, Black Moth Super Rainbow's retro-futurist sonic wash mirrors the Japanese tendency to fetishize the past while maintaining a propulsive exploration of the future.


Black Moth Super Rainbow, Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and others perform Saturday, November 10, at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. The show starts at 8:00 p.m., and tickets cost $18. Those 18 and older are welcome with ID. Call 305-358-7625, or visit

Sonically BMSR fits neatly into the same musical niche as French electropioneers Air and former collaborators the Octopus Project. Fuzzed-out vintage synth sounds, manic break-beat drum patterns, and heavily vocodered vocals compose the majority of the band's palette. It sounds like the soundtrack to a Sofia Coppola-directed, rotoscoped adaptation of a Haruki Murakami novel. For a taste, check out "Sun Lips," from the recently released Dandelion Gum. Its burbling synths, static-electricity cymbal crashes, and A.I. vocals summon the fantastical promise of the past and the future, all wrapped up in a Technicolor package.

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