Moon Duo Vinyl, CD & tapes by Moon Duo at Norman Records
Moon Duo are the San Franciscan duo (erstwhile a trio, but we digress) of Sanae Yamada on keyboards and Ripley Johnson (also of Wooden Shjips) on guitars and vocals. The Moon Duo sound, although undeniably firmly psychedelic-rock, is distinctive -- their sound ploughs a fertile furrow traversed by many a band before. However, the Duo do it in their own inimitable manner. Usually propelled by 4/4 drum-machine beats / a sub-Motorik pulse, Johnson's guitar rarely strays beyond conventional tropes; and yet... and yet his motifs are instantly recognisable. The magnitude of this achievement cannot be overstated. The Moon Duo sound is one which captivates and mesmerises, particularly when experienced live; check their 'Live In Ravenna' LP for confirmation of this. RJ also channels a definite, very clear Californian New Age (hippie) vibe best experienced alongside some choice incense smoking away in your residence. 7 (seven!) studio albums along now -- including of particular note 'Mazes' and the ensuing 'Circles' ('super-sweet jams', our reviewer) -- Moon Duo's latest record is available on pre-order from our sumptuous website. They have named it 'Stars Are The Light' (see what I mean?). The LP was mixed by some guy (in another famous band) called Sonic Boom and channels the energy and rhythms of disco. It should be yet another super-charged ride diverting off Route 66.