A Case for Shame
by Moby

Album: Innocents (2013)
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  • This track features vocals by Cold Specks, who is the pseudonym of a Canadian singer-songwriter called Al Spx. Based in London, England, Spx has a deep south sound, which she calls "doom soul."

    The song is one of two on Moby's Innocents album on which she features, with the recordings taking place in November 2012 while she toured. "He had heard about me because I'm on Mute in America and the UK," Spx told The Huffington Post. "He heard about the record ("I Predict A Graceful Expulsion") and asked if I wanted to sing. So I went and I sang."

    "It was a very free, collaborative, creative environment," Spx added. "He was really open to what I was doing and luckily he liked what I was doing and it worked really well."
  • The song's music video features Moby immersed in his pool at his Los Angeles home. Some masked individuals can be seen cavorting about (they also crop up on the Innocents album art). It was the first video that Moby both directed and shot himself. He explained its narrative as follows: "I've drowned, and I've gone to an after-life inhabited by people who are concealing themselves because of shame. The masks are not meant to be conventionally frightening, the masks and sheets are being worn because the after-life people are hiding, because they're ashamed."
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