Inspired by a speech about art for art's sake at the 2008 BAFTA Awards, Moby's Wait for Me is a beautiful, airy record, taking bits and pieces of his past work and stitching them into a quilt of melancholy electronica.
Moby has said he got some inspiration for "Wait for Me" while listening to filmmaker David Lynch at the 2008 BAFTA Awards, deciding that he wanted to make records that "were more personal, maybe more experimental and a little more challenging."
Having touched on rock with "Hotel" and mega-dance with "Last Night," "Wait for Me" seems less of a radical departure than a welcome return to form. The bluesy vocal chops and electronica atmospherics recall classic, "Play"-era Moby.
Much of the record floats along, which is a compliment. The airy backdrop of tracks like "Scream Pilots" and "Ghost Return" means that while it might not be as danceable as a lot of Moby's catalog, it's perfect for a little headphone music.
And there are bits and pieces of Moby's recent work here as well, in the chopped guitar of "Shot in the Back of the Head" and the melancholy folk-rock electronica of "Mistake."
“It’s nice to try to do things for the right reasons - just make a record because you want to make a record," Moby said in one interview.
While sometimes, that attitude translates into sprawling, boring, overly artsy "project" records, in this case it works out just fine. "Wait for Me" is the sound of a musician very comfortable in his own skin.
"Wait for Me" will be released on June 30. For more, visit Amazon.com.