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Music Review: Moby – Wait for Me: Deluxe Edition

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A lot of so-called deluxe editions come out with two or three extra songs and a remix, but Moby’s deluxe edition of his beautiful Wait for Me doesn’t skimp on the fixings.

Joining the record filmmaker David Lynch did transcendental flips over is another pair of discs, the first of which is an ambient version of the original album that features 16 new interpretations of Wait for Me’s original cuts. The other disc is a DVD filled with live highlights from Moby’s 2009 summer festival dates. It also features an interview with the man himself and five music videos including one by Lynch.

Of course, Lynch was instrumental in the construction of Wait for Me. The artistic impetus for the record came when Moby heard the director deliver a speech at BAFTA about creativity as it relates to the market. The result is a record that Moby built from the ground up with every intention to please his own creative elements rather than market demands.

The beauty of Wait for Me, originally released earlier this year, is in its simplicity. There are no elongated arrangements and Moby is in top form handling each melodic lane with a sense of purity and focused design. His beats resonate elegantly against the textured tunes, creating a consistent thread through the entirety of the record that maintains a determined pace.

Purposeful as Moby is with his album, there’s a weightlessness to the tracks that allows them to glide wherever necessary. The beats are slick, too, granting songs the ability to drive hard when they need to.

Vocalist Amelia Zirin Brown lends her smoky voice to “Pale Horses,” giving Moby’s haunting arrangement profound lyrical depth. And the moving “Study War” is bolstered by Starr Blackshere’s vocals and Moby’s gorgeous strings.

“Mistake” features vocals by Moby and floats with violins and stunning, emotional atmosphere. “Don’t leave me again,” he sings with just a hint of weakness.

Moby uses simplicity throughout the record to connect us to his creative drive. From the Sharpie-drawn cover to the sheer expressive pull of the pieces, Wait for Me is a journey that unfolds in different directions with each listen. Still, throughout it all, Moby proves that there’s more to his art than supplying lovely soundscapes to movies and commercials.

The ambient remixes are airy and heady, buoyant with lots of texture and very small movements. Moby starts with “A Seated Night” and it feels like stars are appearing one by one. He pulls the piece together gracefully, floating little bits of sound into the unfilled folds and allowing the listener time to breathe.

“Study War” maintains the original recording’s melody and style, but Moby spaces it out and draws the song out through calm, hazy motions. The same approach kisses the surreal “Scream Pilots.”

The deluxe edition of Wait for Me also includes a DVD with live highlights from Moby’s European tour in the summer of 2009, featuring performances from the Hurricane Festival and the Exit Festival, and an animated EPK. There are also five videos from Wait for Me, including Lynch’s “Shot in the Back of the Head.”

Also included are 16 short animations, called “blips,” for each of the cuts from the original album.

The deluxe edition of Wait for Me is a treat. It packs a whole lot of cool features into the package that enhance the overall quality of the original recording. The ambient cuts are all delightfully done and the DVD is cool, too, especially with the inclusion of the Lynch animation. Overall, this is a fantastic package that really offers a full sense of what Moby was going for with this record.

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