Sunday, 19 June 2011

Moon Duo - Fallout

Here's some really gritty, fuzz-laden space rock from San Francisco's Moon Duo. I've heard some of their music on-line before and thought them interesting and one to investigate but this track really makes you sit up and take notice of their new single's driving, distorted and yet strangely melodic trip, particularly with its sub-Doctor Who titles effect on this video. (Let me go all geeky just for a moment, the visual reminds me a lot of the regeneration of Peter Davison in 'Caves of Androzani'. OK, phew, geek moment come and gone. Thanks).

They've released a couple of EPs, which is where I believe I've heard some of their stuff before, but they also unleashed their debut album, Mazes, a couple of months back and based on 'Fallout' I really ought to be checking them out a bit further. This, from their PR, is what I can tell you about them at the moment: "Formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and his partner, Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s first two critically acclaimed EPs, Killing Time (2009) and Escape (2010), fused the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock. Now their debut album Mazes, recorded in San Francisco and mixed in Berlin during 2010 as the band prepared to move to the mountains of Colorado, explores a far broader, lighter, sound."

'Fallout' really hits a number of marks; it's an intriguing track, panoramic and yet wearing its minimalism as a badge of honour, muscular and yet visceral, and really quite a thrilling five and a half minutes. Turn it up and blast it out.

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