Contextualizing music is one of my true passions; only a handful of things truly fulfill me more. Two of that “other handful” were in attendance at Thursday at New York's Le Poisson Rouge: enchanting company and live music that, in the words of Berthold Auerbach, “washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”



Pretentious quoting aside, Black Moth Super Rainbow have always been able to induce a spiritual euphoria in me, the likes of which no combination of psychedelics (which were undoubtedly available in abundance at the show) have. The band played in front of a pair of projection screens that displayed slowly-evolving visuals reminiscent of the wilderness hikes of your adolescence, industrial architecture -- and occasionally, a combination of both. Over and over, BMSR lulled the audience into a state of perpetual grooving only to pleasantly jolt us from our trances with searing synths and scuzzy riffs.



Much like my relationship with BMSR's recordings, I never found myself wishing they’d play particular songs in their set; along with everyone else, I just danced contently to whatever was thrown our way. That said, there were moments during the show when I wished the band would take a less structured approach and let songs bleed into one another, jam band style.

Nature is a central concept in BMSR’s lyrics, and the band’s sonic textures run the gamut from banjos to synthesizers. This particular performance managed to reinforce both concepts -- sonically and visually. Up until now, I don't think I'd given Thomas Fec and his band enough credit in regard to how thoughtful their aesthetic is. And not until this particular live performance (and my subsequent conversation with an insightful and beautiful girl) did I contemplate a message or question in BMSR's music -- namely, if music is a free and natural expression, at what point does man's involvement begin to interfere?

Nature and technology bisect one another repeatedly and BMSR seemed transfixed on acknowledging, questioning and utilizing this phenomenon in their music and set design. And any philosophical rambling aside, it’s for sure and certain that anything in your life that makes you think and dance is something worth cherishing.