One may be stunned, upon listening to the album, that Moby recorded all 12 tracks of Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt alone in his home studio. Of course, that's no strange feat for the storied music maker. He often composes cinematic grandeur from nothing but analog gear and vinyl samples. His sound has always been lush and orchestral, and his roots reflect a communal feeling with time spent in punk bands and other outfits.
While he's usually caught DJing, he has a strong history performing his music alongside fully fleshed ensembles. He did so when touring this album, and he does so again with a re-recorded studio version called Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt (The EastWest Sessions). It is an album inspired by his time touring the music last spring.
"When we played the songs live, I loved how noisy and intense they sounded, and wanted to document them in a beautiful, legendary studio," Moby posts on Instagram. "To be honest, it felt weird to be playing so loud in the hallowed room where Brian Wilson made Pet Sounds. These EastWest sessions are released today. PS- no big deal, but that’s Frank Sinatra’s piano. Hooray Los Angeles for still having legendary, amazing studios within walking distance of my house."