Moon Duo are set to release their third full-length album, Shadow of the Sun, on March 3rd via Sacred Bones. Evolving the sound of their first two full-length records, Mazes (2011) and Circles...Expand
Moon Duo are set to release their third full-length album, Shadow of the Sun, on March 3rd via Sacred Bones. Evolving the sound of their first two full-length records, Mazes (2011) and Circles (2012), Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada have developed their ideas with new band member, Canadian drummer John Jeffrey (present on the band's last release, Live in Ravenna). The unchartered rhythms and tones present on this record are reflective of Moon Duo's strive for equilibrium while recording the album in an unknown and stir crazy environment. It's the result of months of wrangling with a profound feeling of being unsettled. There are off-kilter dance rhythms, repetitive, grinding riffs, cosmic trucker boogies and even an ecstatically pretty moment, that, in the end, finally reached a cool and paradoxically sane sound of confusion.
After sharing debut single, "Animal," which has an early West Coast punk viciousness unique to the Moon Duo catalog, the band is now presenting the video directed by and starring skateboarding legend Richie Jackson. As described by Ripley, "We loved Richie Jackson's skate videos, the idea of a psychedelic skater, something outside of the norm. We contacted him and he had the idea of doing the world's first skate video without a skateboard, and we were sold right there."