Published Jan 15, 2020On his third LP, Elliot Moss invites us into the depths of his mental and emotional landscape with bold vulnerability. Marked by introspection, A Change in Diet moves through storms and stillness with the fluidity of a feeling mind. It is not overthought, nor refined, but its conceptual consistency and honesty make it his most complete album yet.
Haziness and distorted vocals guide us through the depths of thoughts and feeling, and we find ourselves learning to breathe underwater alongside Moss. Opening track "July 4" kicks off with "I twist my body into shapes," setting the stage for the ten songs that follow. Moss tenderly explores the tension between physical experience — from routines to surroundings — and internal life through powerful lyrical motifs and textured asymmetry.
Shaped by the cathartic result of a breakup, a confrontation with depression and inevitable change, A Change in Diet captures transformation as a process that begins in the dark. By the end, we are bathed in the light at the end of the tunnel. Elliot Moss's newest release is a complete chronology of internal shifts, and its technical execution is true to the subject matter it wrestles into shape. (Grand Jury)