Moby has gotten so good at doing so many other things— campaigning for politicians, advocating for animals, blogging about architecture—that you might have almost forgotten that he still makes music. His newest video, "The Last Day," is out today, should you need a reminder.
As the latest video off his 2013 album Innocents, "The Last Day" (directed by Erik Anders Lang) is fraught with all the signature moves you might associate with classic Moby: gorgeous slow-motion footage of a faraway place, a robotic voice chattering something in the background, the registering-just-above-a-whisper female vocals (in this case, Skylar Grey).
It reminded me of some of the slower tracks on the Play album, which served as as the perfect audio backdrop as I drove around a new city in 1999. Mother Jones talked to Moby about what's different about making music after all these years:
What I love about making albums in the 21st century is that so few people buy albums! I can make an album without any commercial concerns whatsoever. There's something sort of emancipating about that. An artist in 2014 who is thinking about album sales is either sadly deluded or has to make so many commercial compromises that it sort of takes the joy out of making music.
The music world has changed, but Moby's still doing the same thing he was doing 15 years ago: Building the quietly catchy music that can easily serve as a mellow soundtrack to our lives. It's obvious he's still having a lot of fun doing it. [ Mother Jones, Moby]
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