There’s something about Black Moth Super Rainbow that makes them the perfect band for the haze of summer. The band’s trippy, psychedelic rock immerses listeners in a world as mysterious as the Pennsylvania backwoods band itself. This is why news of a deluxe reissue of their breakout album, Dandelion Gum, couldn’t come at a better time.
The expanded version includes 14 new songs, all recorded during the sessions for the album’s original 2007 release, including five never-before-heard tracks, as well as singles from previously released EP Drippers and a split with The Octopus Project, The House of Apples and Eyeballs. Dandelion Gum was solid enough on its own, combining distorted, vocoded, haunted vocals, synths, and beeps. These added singles pick up exactly where Dandelion Gum left off.
BMSR opens in their typical fashion, with “The Dark Forest Joggers”. Heavy synths dance back and forth, creating otherworldly noises over clashing cymbals. There’s something disturbingly heavy to their noisemaking, but at the same time, it can be just as soft. “Another Place” is smooth and slow, still using their familiar instrumental elements but combining breezy strings. It’s as if the band has given listeners an invitation to follow them into some enchanted woods.
Previously released singles are given a second life. The groovy “All the Friends You Can Eat” from The Octopus Project split features feverish, paced keys, a smattering of vocals, and an abrupt ending. “Twin of Myself” is showcased in its original dreamy form, not differing much from the Eating Us version.
Though not their first release, Dandelion Gum was their most successful, catapulting BMSR to the recognition they now receive. This reissue contains a plethora of lesser-known singles, which are worth the listen, especially now that the summer haze has begun to ascend.