Today Moon Duo have announced details of a new album ‘Stars Are The Light’, set for release on September 27th via Sacred Bones. The album’s title track is streaming online now and the band have also announced North American & European touring plans for this Autumn.
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, illustrated exquisitely on the album’s sparkling title track.
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.
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 4 Brighton St Bartholomew’s Church Nov 5 Paris Petit Bain 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 Nov 16 Montreal SAT Nov 18 Toronto Longboat Hall Nov 19 Detroit MOCAD Nov 20 Chicago Thalia Hall Nov 22 LA Lodge Room Nov 25 Portland Wonder Ballroom Nov 26 Seattle Neumos Nov 27 Vancouver Hollywood
‘Stars Are The Light’ track list: 1. Flying 2. Stars Are The Light 3. Fall In Your Love 4. The World And The Sun 5. Lost Heads 6. Eternal Shore 7. Eye 2 Eye 8. Fever Night