Following on from Volume 1 of Moon Duo’s two part psychedelic opus, Occult Architecture, Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson announce the release of Volume 2 for May 5 on Sacred Bones.
The announcement comes with a new track and video entitled ‘Lost In Light’, created by Micah Buzan as a counter-reaction to his previous animation for ‘Cold Fear’:
“’Lost In Light’ is the yang to ‘Cold Fear’s yin,” Buzan said of the video. “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.”
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 represented on Occult Architecture Vol. 1, Vol. 2 presents the Yang.
“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.”