MOON DUO announce Occult Architecture Vol. 2. Share video for Lost in Light- UK shows this month!

March 7, 2017



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.

Pre-order Occult Architecture Vol. 2 here:

Occult Architecture Vol. 2 track list:
1. New Dawn
2. Mirror’s Edge
3. Sevens
4. Lost in Light
5. The Crystal World

Occult Architecture Vol. 2 artwork 

Praise for Occult Architecture Volume 1:
“The don of post-millennial psych-rock in peak form” – 4/5, MOJO
“As devil worshipping goes this is pretty funky stuff” – 8/10, Uncut
“It’s hard not to admire their focus” – The Guardian
“Moon Duo’s psychedelic krautrock space jams offer more than mere entertainment; their almost physical relentlessness and swirling depths dispense some sort of cerebral, if not spiritual, nourishment” ­- The Quietus
“A wailing, distortion pedal-driven behemoth” – 7/10, Loud and Quiet
“A cluster of psychedelic bombs, exploding guitars and shimmering synth stabs” – The Wire
“Few bands do hypnotic quite like Moon Duo” – 9/10, Drowned In Sound
“It’s easily their best release so far” – 8/10, The Line Of Best Fit
“It’s hard to make music like this this good but Moon Duo have. Heavy as shit and light as a feather” – The Vinyl Factory
“This darker direction unearths a hitherto unearthed pop sensibility in Moon Duo” – 4/5, The Skinny
“Splendid stuff” – 4/5, NARC
“Finds them sounding more energised and immediate than ever” – 7/10, The 405
“Lashings of delay, muttering vocals, metronomic, draut-rock drums pounding relentlessly, and shimmering guitar lines warping and wefting spacewards” – 4/5, Shindig

Moon Duo Tour Dates:
Sat. Mar. 11 – Mexico City @ Festival NRMAL
Wed. Mar. 15 – Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
Thu. Mar. 16 – Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
Fri. Mar. 17 – London, UK @ Heaven (supported by Baba Naga)
Sat. Mar. 18 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
Sun. Mar. 19 – Nancy, FR @ L’Autre Canal
Mon. Mar. 20 – Zurich, CH @ Plaza
Tue. March. 21 – Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
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
Fri. Apr. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sat. Apr. 22 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
Sun. Apr. 23 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Tue. Apr. 25 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Wed. Apr. 26 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. Apr. 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Fri. Apr. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. Apr. 29 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Sun. Apr. 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Mon May. 1 – Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
Thur Jun. 8 – Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew
Sat Jun. 10 – Barcelona, ES @ Unload Club
Mon Jun. 12 – Bilboa, ES @ Kafe Antzokia
Tue Jun. 13 – Madrid, ES @ Caracol
Wed Jun. 14 – Biarritz, FR @ Wheels and Waves Festival
Thur Jun. 15 – Montpellier, FR @ Le Rockstore
Mon Jun. 19 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
Tue Jun. 20 – Brussels, BE @ Les Ateliers Claus
Jun. 28 – Jun. 30 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Fri Aug. 18 – Parades De Coura, PT @ Parades de Coura


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