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Moon Duo have long since shaken off the pesky “side-project” tag that plagues anybody who’s in another more famous band, and are here dropping their third full-length LP and second on Souterrain Transmissions. It is, as you would expect, full of psychedelic fuzz guitar, vintage organ tones, simple riffs and upbeat, carefree melodies, captured for posterity by none other than tone master and Trans Am/Fucking Champs/Fucking Am/Trans Champs shredder Phil Manley so I don’t need to spell it out for you that these jams sound super sweet and are probably their most accessible to date.
I’m particularly like the krauty synth pulse and splintered euphoric McGuire-esque slow-shred fun happening in ‘I Been Gone’, coming over like Trans Am and Inner Tube getting baked and rocking out some party jamz on a beach somewhere, while elsewhere on the likes of ‘Sparks’ there’s more formulaic summery fuzzpop with casual slacker grooves flopping around unchecked.
Manley himself does throw in a little bass playing of his own in ‘Dance pt 3’ and ‘Free Action’, lifting the fuzzy psychpop hypno fun up to a new plane of pure riff smoke haze with a slight glam stomp offset by dreamy vocal delivery in the former, while the latter is more than just a clever name with an insistent kraut-psych drumbeat and bass pulse that’s constantly bombarded with all manner of trebly scree and playful guitar fuzz.Rounding off the album we’ve got the summery melodic simplicity of fuzz-droner ‘Trails’ and the head-nodding psych riff-o-rama of closer ‘Rolling Out’ with shimmering guitar and organ flutter-drones rubbing weirdly against each other while a weird processed vocal moseys around nonchalantly in the background. It’s another LP of high quality feel-good smoke jams, basically...as if you were expecting anything else.
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