Today Moon Duo have shared the second single from forthcoming new album ‘Stars Are The Light’, which is set for release on September 27th via Sacred Bones ahead of Autumn UK tour dates.
The follow up to 2017’s two-part exploration into the transcendental, ‘Occult Architecture’, ‘Stars Are the Light’ is Portland-based psych explorers Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson’s luminous seventh album. It marks a progression into significantly new territory and sees them synthesize the abstract and metaphysical with the embodied and terrestrial. 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.
New single “Lost Heads” shimmers with an aura that hints at The Haçienda, perhaps inspired by their recent Samarbeta residency in Salford, and makes for a laid-back, airy and distinctly Moon Duo take on 90s rave.
The band’s Sanae Yamada comments: “We have changed, the nature of our collaboration has changed, the world has changed, and we wanted the new music to reflect that.”
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.”
‘Stars Are The Light’ will be released on September 27th via Sacred Bones. Pre-order here.
Moon Duo live dates (all tickets on sale Fri June 28th):
Oct 17 Ghent Videodroom
Oct 18 Krakow Małopolski Garden Of The Arts
Oct 20 Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
Oct 21 Berlin Volksbuhne
Oct 23 Zurich Bogen F
Oct 24 Vevey Rocking Chair
Oct 26 Angers Le Chabada
Oct 28 London EartH
Oct 29 Manchester Dancehouse
Oct 30 Liverpool Invisible Wind Factory
Oct 31 Glasgow BAAD
Nov 1 Birmingham The Crossing
Nov 2 Leeds Brudenell
Nov 3 Gateshead The Sage
Nov 4 Brighton St Bartholomew’s Church
Nov 5 Paris Petit Bain
Nov 6 Charleroi Rockerill
Nov 9 Utrecht Le Guess Who
Nov 12 Brooklyn Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 13 Philly Underground Arts
Nov 14 Washington DC Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov 15 Kingston Raven Sings the Blues @ Kingston BSP