It seems like only yesterday *audibly laughs* we were posting our live review for Wooden Shjips' cataclysmic show at the Scala, but it looks like the band's kingpin Ripley Johnson is back again with some killer new music. This time, it's with his other equally phenomenal project Moon Duo, who today announced their new album Occult Architecture with their first material since last year's Shadow of the Sun.
The single that showcases their record's dark undertones is Cold Fear, probably the band's coldest and most dark track to date. Playing off that trademark WS/MD drone and a drum-maschine's high pitch ticks, a swamping guitar sprawl engulfs your ears for the whole 5 minute runtime of the song. All slooshed together in a dark package, with Ripley's whispered vocals, this is everything we've come to expect from a San Fran outfit with a serious penchant for leaving you mesmerised.
"Cold Fear is about primal fear, like drowning, or falling endlessly in a nightmare" Ripley explains. "It's a creeping, striking feeling that is also a real rush. It makes you feel alive.” The track's incredibly dark for a band you can't help but brand psychedelic, but god do Moon Duo capture that feeling perfectly.
Coming out this Winter, Occult Architecture Vol. 1 (for what better way for the band to release this than in two satanic parts) ambitiously aims to explore the invisible structures that prop the world up. A tough task? Probably. I don't even know what that means, but that's what Moon Duo want to do, and it'll probably sound good to
(Words: Cal Cashin)