Lily Moayeri

music journalist since 1992 | teacher since 2004 | podcaster since 2020 | Iranian American since birth

Bonobo: Migration (Ninja Tune)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine February 2017 Issue Bonobo Migration (Ninja Tune) The astronomical success of 2013’s The North Borders brings too much anticipation to Bonobo’s new album, Migration. He returns with … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Five Questions With: Alex Noyer

808 The Movie‘s producer, Alex Noyer, interviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine February 2017 Issue: Five Questions: Alex Noyer Watch the official trailer for 808 The Movie.

January 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ulrich Schnauss: No Further Ahead Than Today (Scripted Realities/PIAS)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine January 2017 issue: Ulrich Schnauss No Further Ahead Than Today (Scripted Realities/PIAS) Schnauss’ synthesizer manipulations give a pad-y twist to the noodly experimentations that define early IDM … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Moby & the Void Pacific Choir: The Systems are Failing (Mute)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine December 2016 issue: Moby & the Void Pacific Choir These Systems are Failing (Mute) Moby’s musical output is unpredictable. His latest album, These Systems Are Failing … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Boxed In: Melt (Nettwerk)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine October 2016 Issue: Boxed In Melt (Nettwerk) Oli Bayston’s debut offered a tidy blend of cerebral dance pop and experimental electronic rock, defined further on this follow-up. Starting … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Avalanches: Wildflower (Astralwerks)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine September 2016 Issue: Avalanches Wildflower (Astralwerks) The follow-up to Since I Left You stays true to that album’s crackly, lo-fi, cut-and-paste ethos. Who would think to put a calliope … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cat’s Eyes: Treasure House (RAF)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine August 2016 Issue: Cat’s Eyes Treasure House (RAF) Cat’s Eyes, the project of The Horrors’ Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira, is an exploration in understated sound. Treasure House revolves around … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five Questions With DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow interviewed for his album, The Mountain Will Fall, for Electronic Musician Magazine August 2016 Issue: Five Questions With DJ Shadow Watch the official video for the title track.

July 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beth Orton: Kidsticks (Anti)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine July 2016 Issue: Beth Orton Kidsticks (ANTI) Beth Orton takes an electronic turn on Kidsticks. While Orton has become increasingly known for her folk leanings, the singular-sounding hollow-voiced artist … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Underworld: Barbara, Barbara we are facing a shining future (Astralwerks)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine June 2016 Issue: Underworld Barbara, Barbara we are facing a shining future (Astralwerks) Underworld’s members are verging on 60 years of age and have spent half their lives … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Big Pink: Empire Underground EP (B3SCI)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine May Issue: The Big Pink Empire Underground EP (B3SCI) Nu-gaze standard setter The Big Pink follows up its two smash albums with the Empire Underground EP. A carved out … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

St. Lucia: Matter (Columbia)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine April 2016 Issue: St. Lucia Matter (Columbia) The one-time jingle writer hiding inside St. Lucia’s Jean Philip-Grobler is always trying to get out, and the band’s second album, … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rufus du Sol: Bloom (Sweat It Out!)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine March 2016 Issue: Rüfüs du Sol Bloom (Sweat It Out!) If you loved the sun-kissed vibes of Rüfüs du Sol’s first album, Atlas, then you’ll love its follow-up, … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

James Lavelle Presents UNKLE Sounds: Naples #GU41 (Global Underground)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine January 2016 Issue: James Lavelle Presents UNKLE Sounds Naples #GU41 (Global Underground) The bespoke concept is amplified on James Lavelle of Unkle’s contribution to the re-jumpstarted legendary … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · 3 Comments

Cheatahs: Mythologies (Wichita)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine December 2015 Issue: Cheatahs Mythologies (Wichita Recordings) Cheatahs specialize in hazy, echo-y sounds, most recently fleshed out on Mythologies. The backward-sounding, Poltergeist-like vocals of “Red Lake” set the … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gardens & Villa: Music For Dogs (Secretly Canadian)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine October 2015 issue: Gardens & Villa Music For Dogs (Secretly Canadian) Gardens & Villa move away from human and toward robot with each album. A protracted adjustment to … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Duran Duran In The Studio

Duran Duran‘s Nick Rhodes, and Mr. Hudson, and engineer Josh Blair interviewed about the recording of Paper Gods for Electronic Musician Magazine October 2015 issue: Duran Duran In The Studio Watch the trailer … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

AM & Shawn Lee: Outlines (Celestial Electric Music)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine September 2015 Issue: AM & Shawn Lee Outlines (Celestial Electric Music) The transatlantic union of Los Angeles’ AM and London’s Shawn Lee produces a third full-length … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Francesca Belmonte: Anima (False Idols)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine August 2015 Issue: Francesca Belmonte Anima (False Idols) Featured on a few Tricky albums, Francesca Belmonte’s voice is a familiar one. For Anima, Belmonte’s solo debut on Tricky’s … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Five Questions With Martin Gore

Depeche Mode‘s Martin Gore interviewed for his solo album, MG, for Electronic Musician Magazine‘s July 2015 Issue: Five Questions With Martin Gore

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Martin Gore: MG (Mute)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine July 2015 Issue: Martin Gore MG (Mute) Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore continues the minimalist electronics of his VCMG project with former bandmate Vince Clarke on MG, an ambitious 16-track … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

In The Studio With Benasis and Steve Aoki

Julian Benasis and Steve Aoki interviewed for Benasis’ contest-winning remix of Aoki’s “Delirious” for Electronic Musician Magazine May 2015 Issue: In The Studio With Benasis and Steve Aoki Check out some of … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ghostpoet: Shedding Skin (Play It Again Sam)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Ghostpoet Shedding Skin (Play It Again Sam) Ghostpoet comes across as Tricky’s comprehensible musical cousin. On Shedding Skin, live instruments back his raspy rhymes, a first for … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Gonzalez: Vestiges And Claws (Mute)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine March 2015 Issue: Jose Gonzalez Vestiges And Claws (Mute) José González turns inwards once again with his third solo album, Vestiges and Claws. Wholly self-produced, González’s instantly recognizable resonant … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gorgon City: Sirens (Priority/Capitol)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Gorgon City Sirens (Priority/Capitol) Check out the prolific duo’s SoundCloud page.

December 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Erasure: The Violet Flame (Mute)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Erasure The Violet Flame (Mute) Watch the trailer for the album.

November 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes: Love Cliques (Vanguard)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes Love Cliques (Vanguard) Watch the video for “Jenny” via Yahoo Music.

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Imelda May: Tribal (Verve)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Imelda May Tribal (Verve) Listen to the whole album via New York Times Press Play.

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Will Saul: DJ Kicks (!K7)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Will Saul DJ Kicks (!K7) Listen to some selections from the mix, plus tracklisting and tour dates via !K7.

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Little Dragon: The Nabuma Rubberband Sessions

Little Dragon‘s Hakan Wirenstrand and Fredrik Wallin interviewed for their album, Nabuma Rubberband, for Electronic Musician Magazine: Little Dragon: The Nabuma Rubberband Sessions Watch a performance of “Klapp Klapp” on The Late Show … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Advice From A Music Supervisor: Stephanie Diaz-Matos

Music supervisor Stephanie Diaz-Matos interviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Advice From A Music Supervisor: Stephanie Diaz-Matos Watch one of Stephanie’s Verizon commercial spots.

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Get Your Music Placed In Video Games

Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Brandon Young interviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Get Your Music Placed In Video Games: A Q&A with Brandon Young, Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Director of Music Affairs

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music For Grand Theft Auto V: Crafting Epic Game Music From Soundtrack To Score

Rockstar Games‘ Ivan Pavlovich, Woody Jackson, Chain Gang Of 1974‘s Kamtin Mohager, Alchemist, and Flying Lotus‘ Steven Ellison interviewed for Grand Theft Auto V for the cover of Electronic Musician Magazine: Music … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots (Warner)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Damon Albarn Everyday Robots (Warner) Watch the official video for the title track.

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hardkiss: 1991 (Hardkiss Music)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Hardkiss 1991 (Hardkiss Music) Check out the album and the remixes on the Hardkiss Music SoundCloud page.

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Horrors: Luminous (XL Recordings)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: The Horrors Luminous (XL Recordings) Stream the whole album at Stereogum.  

May 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Maximo Park: Too Much Information (PIAS)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Maximo Park Too Much Information (Daylighting/Co-Op/PIAS) Watch the video for “Brain Cells.”

March 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Melodic: Effra Parade (ANTI-)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician: The Melodic: Effra Parade (ANTI-) Watch the Melodic’s video for “Ode To Victor Jara” via PureVolume.

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

MGMT: Jamming In A Super Synth Zone

MGMT‘s Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden and producer Dave Fridmann interviewed for MGMT’s self-titled third album for the cover of Electronic Musician Magazine: MGMT: Jamming In A Super Synth Zone … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Arctic Monkeys: More Structured

Arctic Monkeys‘ Matt Helders and Simian Mobile Disco‘s James Ford interviewed for Arctic Monkeys’ album, AM, for Electronic Musician Magazine: Arctic Monkeys: More Structured If you really love the Arctics, watch all … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Panic! At The Disco: Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! (Fueled By Ramen/Decaydence)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Panic! At The Disco Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! (Fueled By Ramen/Decaydence) Watch Panic! perform “Miss Jackson” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

October 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Crookes: Hold Fast (Modern Outsider)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Crookes Hold Fast (Modern Outsider) Watch the official video for “Bear’s Blood.”

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Holy Ghost! Perfect Recording Techniques On Dynamics

Holy Ghost!‘s Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel interviewed for their album, Dynamics, for Electronic Musician Magazine: Holy Ghost! Perfect Recording Techniques On Dynamics Watch the video for “Okay.”

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Johnathan Rice: Good Graces (SQE Music)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Johnathan Rice Good Graces (SQE Music) Watch the video for “Nowhere At The Speed Of Light.”

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Glasvegas: Later…When The TV Turns To Static (Go Wow/BMG)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Glasvegas Later…When The TV Turns To Static (Go Wow/BMG) Watch the video for “If” featuring William Shatner.

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mayer Hawthorne: Where Does This Door Go (Universal Republic)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Mayer Hawthorne Where Does This Door Go (Universal Republic) Watch Mayer perform two songs from WDTDG on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.  

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Emika: Dva (Ninja Tune)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Emika Dva (Ninja Tune) Watch the official video for “Centuries.”

July 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Running Around Los Angeles Week Of July 5, 2013

•Post July 4th get together at‘s Jon Levy‘s home on Friday July 5, 2013. •Running the streets with Reid Speed, Calvertron (top left), and Dickie Drysdale on Saturday July … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

Empire Of The Sun: Shimmery Finish

Empire Of The Sun‘s Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore interviewed for their album, Ice On The Dune, for Electronic Musician Magazine. Empire Of The Sun: Shimmery Finish Listen to the whole album … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

Quadron: Avalanche (Epic)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Quadron Avalanche (Epic) Watch a live acoustic version of “Hey Love.”

June 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tricky: False Idols (False Idols)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Tricky False Idols (False Idols) Watch the official video for “Does It.”

May 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

Running Around Los Angeles Week Of May 17, 2013

•Interview with Empire of the Sun‘s Nick Littlemore (bottom) for Electronic Musician Magazine on Saturday May 18, 2013.  •Arctic Monkeys (top, photo cred: Leo Ruiz) at the Ventura Theater on Wednesday May 22, … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Running Around Los Angeles Week Of May 10, 2013

•Interview with Empire of the Sun‘s Luke Steele (top left) for Electronic Musician Magazine and Rhye (top right) at the El Rey Theatre on Friday May 10, 2013. •Zee Avi (bottom) at the Echo … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Dirtyphonics: Irreverence (Dim Mak)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Dirtyphonics Irreverence (Dim Mak) Watch Episode One of Dirtyphonics’ Irreverence Tour on Dirty TV.

April 29, 2013 · 5 Comments

Fitz And The Tantrums: Moving Beyond The Bedroom-Studio School Of Recording

Fitz and the Tantrums’ Michael Fitzpatrick interviewed for their album More Than Just A Dream for Electronic Musician Magazine: Fitz And The Tantrums: Moving Beyond The Bedroom-Studio School Of Recording Watch the … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar) Watch Foxygen perform the title track at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California.

February 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Super Hi-Fi: Dub To The Bone (Electric Cowbell)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Super Hi-Fi Dub To The Bone (Electric Cowbell) Listen to the album sampler on Soundcloud.  

February 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Souljazz Orchestra: Solidarity (Strut)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Souljazz Orchestra Solidarity (Strut) Download “Cartao Postal” for free.

October 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again (Interscope)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine: Michael Kiwanuka Home Again (Interscope) Watch Michael perform the title track from the album at Hackney Round Chapel.

August 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Soso: That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up In China (Nonesuch)

Reviewed for Electronic Musician: Soso That Time I Dug So Keep I Ended Up In China (Nonesuch) Get the entire Soso album for free here.

May 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

Midnight Juggernauts: Mysterious Forces

  Midnight Juggernauts‘ Andrew Szekeres interviewed for their album The Crystal Axis for Electronic Musician Magazine: Midnight Juggernauts: Mysterious Forces

September 21, 2010 · 1 Comment

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