Black Moth Super Rainbow Credit: Courtesy of the artists

For nearly two decades Pittsburgh band Black Moth Super Rainbow have twisted psych, lo-fi electronics, trip-hop, noise, and cybernetic pop into shapes so wondrous that the most imaginative balloon-animal-making clowns might envy. The group’s seventh album, last year’s Panic Blooms (Rad Cult), brims with Technicolor synth notes that ooze like cough syrup. BMSR have long revelled in the zone where pastel dreams flit into Day-Glo nightmares and back again, and this album holds listeners in a particularly foreboding space: through processed murmurs, front man Tobacco unravels a brief passage about someone having their mouth split open by a razor blade hidden in a tangerine—a narrative that also aptly describes the veiled, enticing horror in BMSR’s music. Steve SLV, aka local producer Steve Reidell of the Hood Internet and Air Credits, plays bass in the band’s current live iteration.   v