October 31, 2019

Touring: Moon Duo

MOON DUO TOUR DATES:

HOBART: SUN FEB 9 @ ODEON THEATRE. Tickets on sale now.
MELBOURNE: TUE FEB 11 @ MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE. Tickets on sale now.
BRISBANE: WED FEB 12 @ THE ZOO. Tickets on sale now.
SYDNEY: THU FEB 13 @ OXFORD ART FACTORY. Tickets on sale now.
PERTH: SAT FEB 15 @ PERTH FESTIVAL. Tickets on sale now.

Mistletone proudly presents American psych explorers Moon Duo, bringing their incredible new album Stars Are The Light to Australia. Space partners Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada ~ aka Moon Duo ~ will be accompanied by a visionary light play of live visuals, curated by Manchester-based visual projection artist Emmanuel Biard.

Stars Are the Light, the luminous seventh Moon Duo album (out locally via Rocket), marks a progression into significantly new territory. From a preoccupation with the transcendental and occult that informed Moon Duo’s guitar-driven psych rock, and reached its apotheosis in the acclaimed Occult Architecture diptych, Stars Are the Lightsees the band synthesise the abstract and metaphysical with the embodied and terrestrial.

Says Yamada: “We have changed, the nature of our collaboration has changed, the world has changed, and we wanted the new music to reflect that.”

photo: Benny van der Plank

Branching out from Occult Architecture Vol. 2, the album has a sonic physicality that is at once propulsive and undulating; it puts dance at the heart of an expansive nexus that connects the body to the stars. These are songs about embodied human experience — love, change, misunderstanding, internal struggle, joy, misery, alienation, discord, harmony, celebration — rendered as a kind of dance of the self, both in relation to other selves and to the eternal dance of the cosmos.

Taking disco as its groove-oriented departure point, Stars Are the Light shimmers with elements of ’70s funk and ’90s rave. Johnson’s signature guitar sound is at its most languid and refined, while Yamada’s synths and oneiric vocals are foregrounded to create a spacious percussiveness that invites the body to move with its mesmeric rhythms. With Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum) at the mixing desk in Portugal’s Serra de Sintra, (known to the Romans as “The Mountains of the Moon”) the area’s lush landscape and powerful lunar energies exerted a strong influence on the vibe and sonic texture of the album.

On embracing disco as an inspiration, Yamada says, “It’s something we hadn’t referenced in our music before, but its core concepts really align with what we were circling around as we made the album. Disco is dance music, first and foremost, and we were digging our way into the idea of this endless dance of bodies in nature. We were also very inspired by the space and community of a disco – a space of free self-expression through dance, fashion, and mode of being; where everyone was welcome, diversity was celebrated, and identity could be fluid; where the life force that animates each of us differently could flower.”


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