Moon Duo have shared the second cut from their forthcoming album, ‘Occult Architecture Vol. 1’, which is set for release in February 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.
“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 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.
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.
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