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MOON DUO

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United States


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Ripley Johnson, also known for his collaboration with Wooden Shjips, teamed up with Sanae Yamada in 2009 to create MOON DUO. This San Francisco based project predominantly utilizes diverse guitar and keyboard stuff and is inspired by avant noise, psych and kraut bands.

After the debut single 'Love On The Sea' on Sick Thirst, the group released the acclaimed 'Killing Time' EP on Sacred Bones, followed by 'Escape' on Woodsist in 2010. The MOON DUO songs are featuring motoric beats as well as Ripley's fuzzy and spacey guitar.

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Stars Are the LightStars Are the Light
Sacred Bones 2019
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Occult Architecture Vol. 2Occult Architecture Vol. 2
SACRED BONES 2017
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SACRED BONES 2017
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CirclesCircles
SACRED BONES 2012
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Shadow of the SunShadow of the Sun
SACRED BONES 2015
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MazesMazes
SACRED BONES 2011
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Shadow of the Sun (Marble Blue Vinyl)Shadow of the Sun (Marble Blue Vinyl)
SACRED BONES 2017
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EscapeEscape
Woodsist 2010
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Jukebox Babe / No FunJukebox Babe / No Fun
SACRED BONES 2018
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1.67 | 3 ratings
Mazes
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Circles
2012
3.00 | 4 ratings
Occult Architecture Vol. 1
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Occult Architecture Vol. 2
2017

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Killing Time
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love On The Sea
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Catch As Catch Can / Set It On Fire
2010
4.33 | 3 ratings
Escape
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Horror Tour
2011

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3.00 | 1 ratings

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Horror Tour
Moon Duo Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars This is the first that I have heard of this band, a band of two (two = duo...I get it now). This little EP consisting of two long and two short tracks is a nice taste some songs that sound very space rock retro but still retain a very structured sound.

Through the first track, you start out with some spooky noises which soon get replaced by a nice guitar/organ/percussion hook combination that follows throughout the song. Vocals with a lot of reverb follow and the vocals continue for about half of the song and the remainder continues with the instrumental hook continuing overlayed by some very nice guitar work that never gets overbearing, exactly what you would expect from the early to mid 70s space rock bands. This is somewhat reminiscent Ten Years After mixed with some Black Keys.

The next track has more of a distinct beat with a strumming guitar overlayed with an interesting organ sound (using some kind of reed stop I think) and more guitar work (no vocals here).

"Sickener" is the 3rd and longest track clocking in at over ten minutes. Again, a constant rhythm is established early on and remains throughout. The organ drones along this time in some airy sounding chord while the guitar chugs quickly along. No change until 3 minutes in and finally you get a key change and then it continues along modulating back and forth for about another minute. Suddenly a very harsh guitar hits your ears and this sounds almost like a chainsaw with a lot of feedback coming in and out. This sets the Horror theme for the song while the same constant rhythm keeps thumping and throbbing in the background and every once in a while a short chime sequence shines through, almost reminding me of early Porcupine Tree except with a lot dirtier guitar which continues to get dirtier as the song goes on. No rhythm change at all throughout, but strangely enough, it doesn't wear itself out like you think it would.

If you like space rock, you might like this, but there really isn't anything ground breaking here. It sounds good, but I believe it would grow old quickly since there isn't anything real interesting here. Good, but non-essential.
Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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