When many of us first heard local band Moon Duo's stony, sexy krautrock drones, initially on their 2009 Killing Time EP and mesmerizing Escape LP from 2010, it wasn't clear how keyboardist Sanae Yamada and guitarist and vocalist Ripley Johnson's dark oeuvre would make their next move.
Now their second full-length, Mazes (Sacred Bones), which drops tomorrow. Remember when Bob Dylan "went electric"? It was like the shifting of the tectonic plates at the time, and turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to rock. Well, Moon Duo have gone pop, and it's yielded their best stuff yet.
Mazes oozes with the kind of musical chemistry that lunges at you, partly thanks to Johnson and Yamada's relationship status.
Oh, hello Moon Duo. Nice to meet you. San Francisco's Sanae Yamada and Erik Johnson (of Wooden Shjips) are introducing themselves with a near seven-minute lo-fi-space-y and uber haunting jam. Listening to "Stumbling 22nd St" is like walking in to a Quentin Tarrantino movie during one of his classic stomach wrenching scenes. Sit tight for the release of Escape (Feb. 16, 2010).
Holy butts, Or, the Whale. In a True Blood moment the main character of said band's new video for "Rusty Gold" reveals his birthday suit and shape-shifts into a chocolate lab. Not sure what the message is here, but the video seems to be a perfect fit for the song's backwoods feel.