Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Exclusive
Join our live viewing party of the 'This Is Us' season premiere.

This is Us

Tonight at 9PM ET

Article

Breakouts 1999: Moby

Posted on

Moby’s Trick

The timing was perfect: with a century crawling to a close, studio wizard Moby conjured up an album that distilled the essence of the past 100 years. Play, Moby’s wave-making leviathan after a decade in pop music, took voices from the early days of the century — scratchy old field recordings of gospel spirituals and lonesome blues — and wired them to the silvery, cybernetic textures of our electronic age. ”People have called Play a sort of fin de siecle work. If it is, it’s purely accidental,” Moby, 32, muses. ”I’m not really clever enough to imbue my work with a specific overarching theme.” Accidental or not, his haunting Matrix-in-Mississippi sound-scapes managed to convert a whole new audience to techno. ”Just last night,” he marvels, ”I was walking down the street, and I gave some change to a homeless guy, and he told me how much he loved my album.”

Comments