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Album Review

Like Erik “Ripley” Johnson’s other project, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo make long, hypnotic, two chord jams — the types of songs that wouldn’t feel out of place in Suicide or Spacemen 3’s catalog. Even as a four song mini-LP, Escape’s crunchy, sonic sprawl is exhausting. With collaborator Sanae Yamada playing organ along with Johnson, the music differs slightly from Wooden Shjips' output, but not by much. Guitar fuzz is still front and center as monotone vocals murmur from the echo chamber down the hall, barely audible behind a cyclical drone of distortion. In fact, if you're a fan of Dos or Vol. 2, it's safe to say that you will like Escape. For each track, Krautrock repetition and San Franciscan psychedelia are taken to the extreme, as noodling guitar effects spin out of control over a freeway of fuzz that just goes on and on and on. If Moon Duo’s mission is to hypnotize, they succeed tremendously. It’s the perfect soundtrack to nod off to, so don't be afraid when your eyes glaze over. Just be prepared for some dark and weird dreams.

Customer Reviews

Moon Duo

WOW ! This is music to fill your head. If you like this also check out Woodenshjips, same guy but with a different feel. Wonderful stuff. Well worth the money.


Formed: 2009 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A project of Wooden Shjips' Erik "Ripley" Johnson and Sanae Yamada, San Francisco's Moon Duo are a psychedelic Krautrock pair with chilly electronic underpinnings and drones inspired by Spacemen 3, Silver Apples, and Suicide. The group formed in 2009 and began issuing releases in short order, including the Love on the Sea 12" on Sick Thirst, which they followed with the Killing Time EP on Sacred Bones. Moon Duo made the jump to Woodsist for 2010's full-length Escape, which offered the most expansive...
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