Last year, the way-out Portland psych-rockers Moon Duo released a gorgeously fuzzy and melodic album called Shadow Of The Sun. Next year, they’ll follow it up with a series of two new concept albums, both built around the idea of the hidden patterns in our world. The first of the two albums, Occult Architecture Vol. 1, is coming in just a few months, and the band claims that it’ll focus on the darker parts of their sound. But first single “Cold Fear” isn’t dark, exactly. It’s a deep, heavy zoned-out murmur that recalls both Suicide and Spacemen 3, and it’s pretty awesome. Below, listen to the song and read statements about the two albums from both members of Moon Duo.
Guitarist Ripley Johnson says:
The concept of the dark/light, two-part album came as we were recording and mixing the songs, beginning in the dead of winter and continuing into the rebirth and blossoming of the spring. There’s something really powerful about the changing of the seasons in the Northwest, the physical and psychic impact it has on you, especially after we spent so many years in the seasonal void of California. I became interested in gnostic and hermetic literature around that time, especially the relationship between music and occult qualities and that fed into the whole vibe.
Meanwhile, keyboardist Sanae Yamada says:
The two parts are also intended to represent inverted components of a singular entity, like two faces on the same head which stare always in opposite directions but are inextricably driven by the same brain.
Occult Architecture Vol. 1 is out 2/3/17 on Sacred Bones.