Moby’s Deutsche Grammophon debut album Reprise has stormed the album charts everywhere from the US and Canada to Australia, the UK and Germany following its launch in May. Now the artist has announced a special Blu-ray edition for November 12, featuring the critically acclaimed Moby Doc.
Moby Doc, released for the first time outside of North America, was directed and edited by award-winning filmmaker Rob Bralver. This offbeat 90-minute documentary, narrated by Moby, sees the artist reflecting on his turbulent personal life and iconic music – from his days in underground punk bands to his success as solo electronic artist, and from his struggles with addiction to his commitment to veganism and animal rights activism. It features interviews with David Lynch and David Bowie along with re-enactments, quirky animation and archival footage. “Moby Doc” concluded Edge Media Network, “is gorgeous, and glorious, and painful. And really cool”, while Variety called it “a self-portrait, an acid flashback, a therapy session, a rumination and a surrealist music-video package all rolled into one”.
For Reprise, Moby reimagined a selection of hits and album tracks from his 30-year career in brand-new arrangements for orchestra and acoustic instruments. The album was recorded with the Budapest Art Orchestra and a phenomenal line-up of guest artists, Amythyst Kiah, Gregory Porter, Jim James, Kris Kristofferson, Mark Lanegan, Nataly Dawn, Skylar Grey and Víkingur Ólafsson among them.
As well as the documentary and a Dolby Atmos surround mix of all the audio material, including two bonus tracks – acoustic versions of “Porcelain” and Joy Division’s “New Dawn Fades” – the Blu-ray presents behind-the-scenes material, making-of films and three music videos.