Following the release of Moon Duo’s two-volume Occult Architecture suite, the Portland-based band are reissuing their 2009 “Killing Time” EP as a deluxe expanded edition
with three extra bonus tracks. Those bonus tracks,“Bopper’s Hat,” “Run Around,” and “Dead West Pt. II,” have never been widely available on vinyl before. The newly expanded release is
also available digitally.
Share new single 'Sevens'. UK dates next week. Occult Architecture Vol. 2 out May 5th on Sacred Bones.
After selling out their biggest London show to date, at Heaven last Friday, MOON DUO are currently on tour in Europe and return to the UK for a second run of dates next week. Today, they
give a second taste of forthcoming album Occult Architecture Vol. 2, out May 5th on Sacred Bones, with new single ‘Sevens’.
One of the most immediate and buoyant songs Moon Duo have released to date, ‘Sevens’ leads the way from the depths of winter, represented on Occult Architecture Vol. 1, into the brightness of spring presented on Vol. 2.
Occult Architecture Vol. 2 announced. Share video for Lost in Light. UK shows this month!
Following the widely praised Volume 1 of Moon Duo’s two part psychedelic opus, Occult Architecture, today Sanae Yamada & Ripley Johnson announce the release of Volume
2 for May 5 on Sacred Bones.
The announcement comes with a new track & video entitled ‘Lost In Light’, giving a glimpse into the shimmering world that represents the lighter half of this Yin and Yang themed creation – the Yang.
The new video was created by Micah Buzan as a counter-reaction to his previous animation for ‘Cold Fear’. Speaking on this new video for ‘Lost in Light’, he commented:
"’Lost In Light’ is the yang to ‘Cold Fear’s yin. In ‘Cold Fear’ the aliens ruled the planet in their giant skyscrapers and tortured humanoids. ‘Lost In Light’ continues the story of ‘Cold Fear’ a million years into the future, when the aliens have died off after exhausting the planet’s resources, and nature reclaims the land. Huge flowers grow out of the dead humanoids, aliens, and their buildings. Moon Duo emerge from an alien’s head as a flower and rainbow, becoming one with the planet as the sun absorbs everything into oblivion."
Meaning all things magick and supernatural, the root of the word occult is that which is hidden, concealed, beyond the limits of our minds. If this is occult, then the Occult
Architecture of Moon Duo’s fourth album - a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes - is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey
of day into night, dark into light.
Offering a cosmic glimpse into the hidden patterning embedded in everything, Occult Architecture reflects the harmonious duality of these light and dark energies through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang. Following the Yin (darkness, night, earth) represented on Occult Architecture Vol. 1, Vol. 2 presents the Yang.
Yang means “the bright side of the hill” and is associated with the sun, light and the spirit of heaven, and as such Vol. 2 explores the light and airy elements of Moon Duo’s complex psyche.
“In production we referred to Vol. 1 as the fuzz dungeon, and Vol. 2 as the crystal palace,” guitarist Ripley Johnson explains. “The darkness of Vol. 1 gave birth to the light of Vol. 2. We had to have both elements in order to complete the cycle. We’re releasing them separately to allow them their own space, and to ensure clarity of vision. To that end we also mixed Vol. 2 separately, in the height of Portland summer, focusing on its sonic qualities of lightness, air, and sun. Listeners can ultimately use the two volumes individually or together, depending on circumstance or the desired effect.”
Moon Duo is led by Ripley Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada. Written and recorded in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, the two-part epic Occult Architecture reflects the hidden energies of rainclouds and sunshine and the deep creep of Northwest forests along with their effect on the psyche, inspired by the occult and esoteric literature of Mary Anne Atwood, Aleister Crowley, Colin Wilson, and Manly P. Hall.
Album 'Occult Architecture Vol. 1' out this Fri on Sacred Bones. Spring live dates.
Leading into this Friday’s release of Moon Duo’s two-part psychedelic opus, Occult Architecture Vol. 1, Ripley Johnson (guitar) and Sanae Yamada (keyboards) are
presenting the animated video for lead single, “Cold Fear.” The video’s animation, directed by Micah Buzan, embraces Moon Duo’s darker qualities in line with the themes ofVol. 1.
Buzan describes his process in creating the video:
"For Moon Duo’s music video, I had 5 weeks to make 5 minutes of animation. Being a one-man-studio, one minute of animation can easily take me 100 hours to produce. I
learned how to animate more quickly by trusting in the process to take care of itself. I animated one scene after another, with basically no idea for what was going to happen next. Moon Duo gave
my some tips for the video and a general idea for how to end it so that we could lead into the next video, but other than knowing the ending, I had no idea what I was
I decided to focus on making one drawing at a time in order to let the animation grow organically. I didn’t want to make something too random, but I also didn’t want to force a storyline. The main objective was to create visuals that matched the paranoid energy of Moon Duo's song ‘Cold Fear.’ There is a theme in my animation of growth and decay, which mirrors Moon Duo’s Yin and Yang concept from their new work."
Moon Duo have shared the second cut from their forthcoming album, ‘Occult Architecture Vol. 1’, which is set for release on February 3rd via Sacred Bones Records.
The Occult Architecture of Moon Duo’s fourth album - a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes - is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang.
Vol. 1 represents the Yin, which in Chinese means “the shady side of the hill” and is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, earth. This volume embraces and embodies Moon Duo’s darker qualities — released appropriately in the heart of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Following the hypnotic ‘Cold Fear’, which went online last month along with the record & European tour announcement, ‘Creepin’ shows a more energetic and kinetic side to that dark energy.
"This song was inspired by the image of Death creeping up on someone (as in the gospel blues “When Death Comes Creeping in Your Room”), which is just a spooky idea" explains guitarist Ripley Johnson. "It’s about time passing and decay, but it's also about rebirth, and something new growing out of that decay. Ashes to ashes and all that.”
Moon Duo have confirmed details of their new album ‘Occult Architecture Vol. 1’ for release on February 3rd2017 via Sacred Bones, as well as European tour
dates including a UK run in April 2017.
The Occult Architecture of Moon Duo’s fourth album - a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes - is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light. Occult Architecture Vol. 1 will be released February 3rd on Sacred Bones with tours throughoutNorth America and Europe to follow (all dates are below). Details of Vol. 2 will be announced in the coming months. Today, the band, led by guitarist Ripley Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada, share debut single, “Cold Fear.”
"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.”
Offering a cosmic glimpse into the hidden patterning embedded in everything, Occult Architecture reflects the harmonious duality of these light and dark energies through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang. In Chinese, Yin means “the shady side of the hill” and is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, earth. Following this logic, Vol. 1 embraces and embodies Moon Duo’s darker qualities — released appropriately in the heart of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Written and recorded in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, the two-part epic reflects the hidden energies of rainclouds and sunshine and the deep creep of Northwest forests along with their effect on the psyche, inspired by the occult and esoteric literature of Mary Anne Atwood, Aleister Crowley, Colin Wilson, and Manly P. Hall.
Sonically the new records represent a dimensional shift in perspective for the band. Just as the season of autumn represents letting go in the form of trees shedding leaves, so Occult Architecture is a shedding of genre tropes, and an inviting in of new textures and soundscapes reflective of the album’s shimmering Yin/Yang qualities.
Moon Duo European Tour Dates:
Wed. Mar. 15 - Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
Thu. Mar. 16 - Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
Fri. Mar. 17 - London, UK @ Heaven
Sat. Mar. 18 - Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
Sun. Mar. 19 - Nancy, FR @ L’Autre Canal
Mon. Mar. 20 - Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
Thu. Mar. 23 - Budapest, HU @ A38
Fri. Mar. 24 - Graz, AT @ Orpheum Extra
Sat. Mar. 25 - Vienna, AT @ Chelsea
Mon. Mar. 27 - Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
Tue. Mar. 28 - Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
Wed. Mar. 29 - Copenhagen, DK @ Pumphuset
Thu. Mar. 30 - Oslo, NO @ Bla
Fri. Mar. 31 - Stockholm, SE @ Kagelbanan
Sat. Apr. 1 - Gothenburg, SE @ Pusterviks
Mon. Apr. 3 - Groningen, NL @ Vera Club
Tue. Apr. 4 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
Wed. Apr. 5 - Eindhoven, NL @ Effenaar
Thu. Apr. 6 - Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Fri. Apr. 7 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Apr. 8 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo