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San Francisco guitarist Erik "Ripley" Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada tracked and mixed their sophomore album under the Moon Duo moniker in Berlin. From the first song, “Seer,” the distance between Germany and northern California is evident. This offers sounds less anchored to Johnson’s main acid-rock band Wooden Shjips than Mood Duo’s 2010 debut album, Escape. Fans of Spacemen 3, Silver Apples, and Suicide will find instant familiarity, as the opening tune pulses with guitar drones and oscillating analog synth modulations. Further German influences seep into the krautrock-tinged “Scars,” with its synthetic soundscapes and primitive drum machines. Just when it seems as though Yamada’s keyboard plays the prominent role in Mazes, along comes the nearly danceable “Fallout,” where Johnson’s guitar distortion takes over. The bonus track “Flowers” slows down the tempo to create otherworldly soundscapes on par with Sun Araw.

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Good stuff!

This album is excellent. The music is very refreshing!

The Best!

The best Bauhaus/She Wants Revenge/Peter Murphy–style album of all!

Psycho Psychedelia

Psychedelic guitar rock reminiscent of but more grounded than Flower Travelin' Band. Love it. Highly recommended.


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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