Firstly, let’s commend Moby for exhibiting exemplary taste by reaching out to our very own Alice Skye and inviting her to supply guest vocals on this intoxicating version of The Great Escape; always knew he had a good ear.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” (thanks Keats) and you’d be hard-pressed to find compositions of such exquisite, bittersweet beauty as Moby’s Natural Blues (“Don’t nobody know my troubles but God…”), Porcelain (“In my dreams I’m dying all the time…”) and Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? – just a handful of the highlights from Moby’s illustrious 30-year career that he gloriously re-envisioned with the Budapest Art Orchestra for Reprise.
This collection was inspired by Moby’s first-ever classical collaboration with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which took place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in October, 2018.
Elsewhere on Reprise, the Twin Peaks-sampling Go is given a ravetastic, percussion-heavy, tribal glow-up that evokes Leftfield’s Afro Left (need to hear this orchestral treatment live ASAP!) and the shimmering majesty of God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters – in the hands of majestic Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, plus transportive string section – is an incandescent bliss-bomb. Moby’s wistful, insightful lyricism is further enhanced by new voices; especially the gravelly, world-weary pipes of Kris Kristofferson on The Lonely Night.
Reprise is the ultimate comedown soundtrack.
Reprise by Moby is out May 28 via Deutsche Grammophon.
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