Sacred Bones Records (label)
26 September 2019 (released)
26 September 2019
However, when it works, it works. Moon Duo’s loose-ome twosome, Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada, court the path of civility: Johnson’s exorcised/exercised his dream-ons with the neo-Americana project Rose City Band whilst Yamada’s Viva la Void foray from last year illustrated the electro-architecture she brings to the group’s aesthetic. This is a (re)union of the shake.
Now on the Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember (Spacemen 3, Spectrum) helmed ‘Stars are the Light’ they return with a synthesised tour de force, a disc-oh of psyche-disco head-fillers (‘Lost Heads’ bouncing Black Devil Disco Club-like beats) and final frontier fifth dimension explorations in cyberspace (‘Eternal Shore’).
Never short on cosmic stardust, the album kicks off with ‘Flying’, a meditative rumination on the benefits of rising above (meta)physically. The titular ‘Stars are the light’ is a (Jean-Michel) astral jam-Jarre.
‘Fall (in your love)’ is space-dub-club meets a Morricone gunfight: deserted panoramas with only the shimmering, glimmering sheen of the vultures’ beaks visible. Pray you’re not their next prey. Imagistic and majestic, an ultravivid scenery.
‘Eye 2 Eye’ is arguably the best song they’ve ever created: a motorik metronomic tantric-trance with the effect like Creedence Clearwater Revival’s doggone-down-at-home chooglin’ crossed with turntable techsitentialism. Outstanding.
If previous releases have veered toward dark dystopic terrains where occult symbolism and Archontic energy run rampant, this is a more utopian soundtrack to shoo those bad blues away. Let the light in.