There is most definitely something about the electronic music I like that induces in me an ‘altered state’. I suppose the same can be said about any music – well, okay, not any; certainly not most pop – but the deep, bass-driven, keyboard covered drones of a hybrid artist such as Moderat and an album such as II absolutely carries me into a lighter, calmer state. This state is not extraneous – it is not “outside” my head. They are inside, the places where I go, where this record takes me. Moderat is very similar to several other artists I listen to, chief among them perhaps Underworld, in that the music they make brings down an easy veil of night even in the midst of the day (definitely need to drape the windows for that, but I’ve long maintained, in my most goth-like moments, that night, like Halloween, is a state of mind more than it is an actual physical time.
I mentioned that Moderat is a ‘hybrid artist’. I used this term because Moderat is not a band or a group per se; it is the collaborative effort of two individual artists you may or may not be familiar (both also very worth your time and money in that department) – German electronic acts Apparat (Sascha Ring) and the duo Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary).
Oh, and one of the beautiful things about writing posts like this is that occasionally, like now, during your research you discover the artist you are writing about has a new record out that you completely missed. So, if Moderat II is to your liking, III came out a few months ago and can be ordered anywhere you order music or directly from the artist HERE. ‘Cuz, you know, support the artists that make your life amazing!
Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.