Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Pale Horses” by Moby from his 2009 album, Wait for Me, on Mute.
Moby has been making his brand of ambient dance (some may call it a precursor to Intelligent Dance Music while other may scoff at such a notion) for well over a decade and it continues to find new fans where detractors and observes thought there were none. Sadly, Moby is perhaps best known for his scrapes with Eminem and his penchant for licensing all of his music for commercials, television, and film use but in retrospect, he was ahead of the curve. Eminem is always up for a good publicity fight whenever he has something to promote and any movie-goer and avid TV watcher will tell you they often find the music they love — no matter how mundane or challenging — thanks to the rise of publishing and licensing agreements.
Wait for Me may not break new ground for Moby but at this stage in his career, the eggheaded one doesn’t need to reinvent, just recycle. While the wealth of the album is as warm and familiar as ever, it’s the little things that make Moby such an interesting listen. “Pale Horses” proves a fine example, reworking the ideas of Faithless and Tricky ten years removed from their millisecond heyday. Any artist with the staying power of Moby should be revisiting the neglected and forgotten and Wait for Me does just that.
Moby is hitting the world’s stages according to MySpace. Lucky for us, Seattle is a part of the world (though it often feels as if some musicians forget that bit of information) and those eagerly waiting to see Moby live will get their chance October 18th at Showbox SoDo. While you countdown the days, enjoy the video for “Shot in the Back of the Head” filmed by David Lynch: