For Moby’s 11th studio album, Innocents, the reclusive electronic icon is opening up his musical world. For the first time in his career, Moby worked with a co-producer, Mark “Spike” Stent. The 12-track album also features collaborations with an eclectic group of artists: the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, indie-folk songwriter Damien Jurado, alt-rock singer Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Cold Specks, Skylar Grey and Inyang Bassey. All told, the album was completed over an 18-month span.
“I spend most of my time alone in my studio, so for Innocents it seemed like a really nice idea to involve other people in the making of the record,” Moby said a press release announcing the album. “Working with all of these collaborators has helped me to make a record that I’m very proud of, and working this way also gave me some semblance of a social life.”
Moby intends to promote the album with three live shows, all in Los Angeles. “Maybe at some point in my adult life I’ll do more elaborate touring,” he wrote on his website, “but for now, I just want to play three shows near my house.” Innocents is tentatively due out on October 1st.
In the meantime, he’s also released the album’s first single, the sultry “A Case for Shame.” The track finds Moby in reflective mode, with Cold Specks vocalist Al Spx crooning over atmospheric strings and chilly synthesizers.