Are You Lost in the World Like Me?
by Moby

Album: These Systems Are Failing (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from These Systems Are Failing, the first album from Moby's musical project Moby & The Void Pacific Choir. The New York musician christened the seven vocalists he bought in for the record after the DH Lawrence quote: "People in LA are content to do nothing and stare at the void pacific."
  • These Systems Are Failing is the most overtly political record Moby has ever made. He writes in his manifesto for the album:

    "We built great cities. Great industries. Great systems. These systems were supposed to protect us, to free us, but instead they've poisoned our air, killed the animals, butchered the land - and destroyed ourselves. We think we've conquered the problems of food production and wealth distribution, yet we're more miserable than ever."
  • Animated by London-based freelance animator and illustrator Steve Cutts, the black-and-white clip sees zombified citizens ignoring sexual assault and a suicide because they're too absorbed by their cell phones.

    "For me the video is about our increasing dependence on technology and about human interaction today, or a certain lack of it," said Cutts. "It focuses on the way tech is changing us - how we have become desensitized."

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