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Moby unveils details, creepy cover art for new album “Innocents”

While Moby’s recent albums have been of the introspective, meditative variety, his DJ sets at Coachella and elsewhere have picked up on the EDM energy surrounding him and music at large. So, the announcement of his new album Innocents leaves us wondering: what should we expect from the electronica veteran? (Especially since the creepy-cool cover art doesn’t hint at much.)

For this album, Moby decided to forgo his usual, solitary process of creation and bring in an diverse, talented roster of collaborators. Most notably, the album is his first to feature a co-producer: Mark “Spike” Stent has worked with Madonna, U2, Muse and Massive Attack. The Innocents also features a variety of vocalists, ranging from the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne to hip-hop songstress Skylar Grey. His last major collaboration, 1999’s Gwen Stefani-voiced “South Side,” was an unexpected hit for the producer.

“I spend most of my time alone in my studio, so for Innocents it seemed like a really nice idea to involve other people in the making of the record,” Moby said in a press release. “Working with all of these collaborators has helped me to make a record that I’m very proud of, and working this way also gave me some semblance of a social life…”

Innocents is set for an October 1 release, with an accompanying of tour of just three L.A. dates, at a venue “ideally walking distance from [his] house,” Moby wrote on his blog. The album will be available for pre-order Tuesday on iTunes. In the meantime, check out a clip of Moby describing the creative process behind the record.

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