Moon Duo is the shared project of Wooden Shjip Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada
Debut album Mazes (2010) chugged along very nicely, tipping its hat to Silver Apples and the C86 crew along the way. This year’s Record Store Day release Mazes Remixed, featuring a special remix from Sonic Boom, emphasised the shoegaze debt, and the pair’s recent Horror Tour EP introduced darker hues into their sound palette.
FACT have the first play of the band’s latest video. Taken from imminent new album Circles (named after a Ralph Waldo Emerson essay, no less’), ‘Sleepwalker’ is a heraldic Kraut-jam in the mould of Spiritualized. Not everything works – there’s definitely an unfortunate whiff of Kula Shaker about proceedings – but the pair’s way with a motorik beat keeps things from veering too far off course. The daft video is a holistic reinterpretation of Eric Prydz’s ‘Call on Me’: expect headbands galore, woozy moves, and enough liquid nitrogen to tide The Fat Duck over until Christmas.
Circles is due on October 1 on Souterrain Transmissions. They are also touring; see dates below.
Nov 12: GLASGOW, Art School
Nov 13: LEEDS,Brudenell Social Club
Nov 14: LONDON, Corsica Studios
Nov 16: BRISTOL, The Croft