Moon Duo keyboard player Sanae Yamada takes time out from the day job to lay down this solo LP under the name Vive la Void. The seven tracks of this eponymous album don’t stray too far from the MD blueprint while also incorporating more of a synthwave/darkwave influence. Lead single ‘Red Rider’ comes across like Grimes covering Goldfrapp’s ‘Strict Machine’. Your standard Sacred Bones fare then.
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Sometimes an album and your audience seem so destined to be with each other that writing a review about it feels pointless. I’ll be straight with you, I’ve been working here long enough to know that if you’re one of our customers, odds are, you’ll like Vive la Void. How can I be so sure? Well for one, this is the side project from Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada, and I’ve packed more Moon Duo records than I care to remember. Oh yeah, and it’s on Sacred Bones.
But beyond that, there’s the music itself. Vive la Void is a perfect example of the gentle, plaintive psychedelic music you lot seem to enjoy. It takes it’s time, chugging along nicely going nowhere in particular. Vive la Void is less ‘Into the Void’s intense opening sequence or that bit in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory where Gene Wilder takes them on that terrifying boat ride and more a gentle paddle under sunny skies. But rain clouds are approaching fast
The album is a series of mellow, throbbing bass lines, topped with Yamada’s ghostly half-whispered vocals and the odd morose melody on the synth. This does get a bit monotonous, but fortunately it’s broken up by last track ‘Atlantis’. Yamada completely switches the palette up for a lighter less bassy closer, and the weight on your shoulders is gone. Remember those rain clouds from earlier? Turns out it was a false warning after all.
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