Get your bong in hand and enter the riff filled land with Moon Duo. Shadow of the Sun is the San Franciscans next trip into orbit. Filled with Ripley's fuzzed out driving riffs, Sanae's creepy organ drones and hypnotic rhythms from new addition John Jeffrey. It's ominous psychedelic rock which will inspire a spooky boogie. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Sacred Bones.
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Foolhardily did I proclaim that there wasn’t a slab of psych rock in sight on my review pile today, forgetting that Moon Duo are more psych than Laurie on LSD; these prime spook rockers play with a myriad cosmic tones and worship the endless black dot of space that hovers above us all -- and if that’s not enough, they’re repetitive as fuck. It’s easy to forget about Moon Duo, though: ‘Shadow of the Sun’ is a record crafted around a firm belief in deception and unconscious interaction, using repetitive riffs and motorik rhythms to stupefy its listener before they can say a word against it. Moon Duo are sneaky. They are in your ear right now and you don’t even know.
Holding true to the Sacred Bones mantra -- it’s Halloween all year round, so learn to normalise your fears -- Moon Duo mix their hushed sensibilities with grand goth gestures, struggling to keep compulsive grooves in place as they get surrounded by vampiric organ, woozily treated guitar and synth that sounds as loud as a truck backing up. It comes together for a whispered pantomime of a record. The duo’s harmonies never rise too high in the mix, with the heavily layered “Zero” punctuated by overloud piano, a post-punk riff worthy of Have a Nice Life and abyss-gazing ambience; you barely hear Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada underneath, who are doing their best shit-shy Yo La Tengo impression.
Moon Duo lean to the hypnosis side of Sacred Bones proceedings, taking a more modest and abashed approach to kraut resilience than the more rock ‘n’ roll Dream Police -- melodies and amusing effects happen in the nooks and crannies, between the rhythm but never outside of it. Occasionally the record lets up, such as on “In A Cloud”, which momentarily suspends the forward momentum for a lazily strummed piece of slacker psych. It’s proof of Moon Duo’s versatility, though ‘Shadow of the Sun’ works best when it’s walking in a straight, doomed line.
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