Moby and the Void Pacific Choir will be putting out a new album, These Systems Are Failing, this fall. A regular edition will come out on October 14th, with a vinyl edition due out November 18th.
The song “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?,” which blends flickering keyboard arpeggios with fuzzy, Bowie-esque guitar, is now streaming. “If the systems failed, are you free?” Moby asks in the chorus right after asking the titular question. Previously, he put out a video for the rockier “Don’t Leave Me,” which depicts the mistreatment of animals as he sings, “Fight for me.”
Moby also released a video “manifesto” for the release concurrent with album announcement. “In the beginning, we were a desperate species,” he says as imagery plays depicting him singing into a mic underwater as his bandmates in bird masks stand behind him. “We needed things, and if you had things, you were happy. You were fed. You survived. The things saved us: things like food, weapons, shelter. But after eons of struggle, we won. … But we kept going. We kept eating as if we were about to starve. We kept fighting even though the old enemies were gone. We kept destroying the environment, even though we were only destroying ourselves. We built great cities, great industries, great systems.
“These systems were supposed to feed us, but instead they’ve killed the animals, the land and us,” he continues. “These systems were supposed to protect us, but instead they poisoned our air and our water. These systems were supposed to serve us but instead they’re killing us. We’re still acting as our ancestors acted: grasping for food, destroying nature, killing animals, killing each other, maintaining systems that haven’t worked in a long time. These systems are killing us. These systems are killing everything. These systems are failing. Let them fail.” In a press release, he tacked on “Change or die” to the end of it.
Moby has only one gig booked through the end of the year: an appearance at Circle V, the festival he created that celebrates animal rights. The festival will take place at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on October 23rd.
Moby and the Void Pacific Choir, These Systems Are Failing Track List
1. “Hey Hey”
3. “I Wait for You”
4. “Don’t Leave Me”
5. “Erupt + Matter”
6. “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?”
7. “A Simple Love”
8. “The Light Is Clear in My Eyes”
9. “And It Hurts”