Moth Effect is an enigmatic one-man band. Crocodilians is a bunch of instrumentals that will leave you in a dream-like state. Moth Effect is influenced by ‘60s hard rock bands like MC5 and The Stooges and ‘90s bands such as Stereolab. The electronic influences come from the early days of the Warp and Ninja Tune labels. There’s also a feel of ‘70s kids TV show themes and library music. All these elements make Crocodilians an album that will appeal to those who search records shops and thrift stores looking for vinyl curios.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 09 April 2015
The idea behind Moth Effect’s music is apparently that humans are like moths, following pretty lights and alluring patterns to our sad but inevitable end. Basically, we’re all walking into malevolence. I’m not sure I buy into it as a hypothesis, really, but ‘Crocodilians’ is a pretty good attempt at transposing that idea into sound; using bubbly kraut synths and marching beats, our anonymous sonic philosopher creates a type of repetition that sounds urgent and exponential, as if we’re all walking a linear path by listening to it, eventually throwing ourselves at the mercy of that moth’s hot light.
Influenced by a range of early IDM acts and some of the more downtempo ambient artists, Moth Effect’s music sounds constructed in layers, with tracks like “Hot Slides” using shimmering guitar, lazy beats and crystalline sounds to recall Boards of Canada and MBV in equal measure; instrumental soundtracks for landscapes that sound tranquil but empty of all life. The haze is Moth Effect’s home, his ambience a wobbly, distorted type, the type that steers the riffs of “Otoamadrone” off of the road.
If you like repetition of all shades -- whether it’s trapping and claustrophobic or as soothing as Enya played a thousand times slower -- Moth Flock’s got you covered, offering ten tracks that increase their tensions and vibes through percussion and riffage but never lose their steadfast ambience. Like moths to a cliche.
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