All Visible Objects

All Visible Objects

If Moby’s 2019 album Long Ambients Two was the equivalent of an afternoon catnap in a pool of sunlight, All Visible Objects finds the electronic veteran ready for a long night out. Moby’s catalog has often bounced from extreme to extreme, and the same is true here: After its predecessor’s gentle, beatless reverie, All Visible Objects celebrates the pulse-quickening thrills of classic house and techno, fueled by driving kicks, rolling congas, and rushing snares. The gospel wails of the opening “Morningside” are a direct throwback to acid house’s golden era, while “Refuge” pairs dub poetry with stabbing keys, and “Power Is Taken” repurposes vintage rave as protest music, as subtle as a brick through a window. But the album is also awash in richly romantic textures—melancholy vocals, buoyant pads, muted pianos—and, above all, a sense of contrast. Moby’s inner pendulum swings between peak-time energy and ruminative calm from song to song, and sometimes within the space of a single track.

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