Moon Duo (I preferred them when they were a trio) go disco! One of the steadiest and most reliable bands in psych rock have discovered a new muse. As well as being influenced musically, they've also found inspiration in the liberatory qualities of the dancefloor. Produced by Mr. Sonic Boom so it's no less psychedelic than their past output. 

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Stars Are The Light by Moon Duo
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6/10 Daoud 25 September 2019

I suppose it’s not their fault, but even on ‘Stars Are The Light’, a record Moon Duo (I preferred them when they were a trio) claim was mostly influenced by disco, they still sound like they never stopped listening to Spacemen 3 (I preferred them when they were a duo). Admittedly, Sonic Boom produced the damn thing, but even with his flourishes, this is music that adheres to the Spacemen template to a fault. Soft spoken, slow burning psychedelia, with lots and lots of delay.

There is definitely a touch of disco. ‘Stars Are The Light’ has nice skittering synths that, were they in the hands of a slightly higher energy band, could set the dance floor alight. And those synths, alongside with the lovely dueting between Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada makes it one of the album’s more interesting tracks. 

The closest they come to dance music is opener ‘Flying’, though it’s not disco that it reminds me of. Instead, it’s the classic of year 6 discos, the one and only ‘Macarena’. It's in that lilting syncopated bass line, and while I can certainly imagine having a little groove to ‘Flying’, the ‘Macarena’ is probably the funner choice.

It’s when Moon Duo (I preferred them when they were a trio) go a bit more straightforwardly psych rock that they reap the biggest rewards. ‘Eye 2 Eye’ has a wonderfully jarring guitar intro that slowly evolves into a near perfect version of a track influenced by thee psychedelic Spacemen. 


8/10 James Customer rating (no review), 14th November 2019



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