Occult Architecture Vol. 2 was written and recorded in order to act as a bright counterpoint to the nighttime fuzz of the first volume: Moon Duo considers this to be the Yang to that records Yin. Separating their approaches in this way allows the band to create a focused and consistent mood here. It’s a particularly blissful version of Moon Duo’s psych sound. On Sacred Bones.
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I was reminded yesterday that years ago everyone here just reviewed everything regardless of genre. So if your area of expertise was techno you were just as likely to be reviewing indie-pop. Now we generally stick to our areas though Robin wolfs down pretty much everything he gets given ...just like a dog. So to mix things up a bit here I am taking on some of his psych rock just so he doesn’t do that moaning thing when I hand him his wares.
Today it seems to be a pretty normal thing to release albums in two instalments. Or at least an album comes out and quickly another one appears hot on it’s heels, Beach House did it, Thee Oh Sees did it and now Moon Duo. At least these two long hairs had the good grace to volumize their releases so you may be prepared. Now I’ve never really seen the fuss of Moon Duo but at the same time I don't dislike them - they do their thing, they do it ok without ever making me want to get out of my chair. This LP consists of five fairly long explorations opening with ’New Dawn’ which drones nicely for a full six minutes with the kind of lengthy wibbling guitar solo you’d expect to hear. yet their vocals are fairly pretty. They spend most of this album trying toy soften and dampen down psych rock. ‘Mirror’s Edge’ spends a long time doing absolutely nothing save showcasing some trippy synth sounds and wibbling about yet it’s pleasant and I only turned it off because I got a bit bored.
So here’s a thought - stick with me with this - are Moon Duo not just a trippier, more out there take on Yo La Tengo? I had this thought on the opening track but by number three ‘Sevens’ I’m pretty sure of it. This sounds like the kind of thing YLT were doing around the time of “May I Sing With Me’. It’s a really poppy and nice way to go about droning. If they do nothing else, Moon Duo make psych safe for children, cats and other such unfortunates. They are really nice.
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