Since the release of Moon Duo’s Occult Architecture Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 back in 2017, the Portland band’s Sanae Yamada has released a solo album under the name Vive La Void. But now she’s back making music with Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson, and their new Moon Duo album,
We’ve already heard two songs from the upcoming Stars Are The Light, the title track and “Lost Heads,” the latter of which cracked our 5 Best Songs Of The Week list when it came out last month. And now Moon Duo are sharing another, “Eternal Shore,” a cosmic space-rock reverie that finds Yamada taking the lead for the first time.
“We were experimenting with a lot of different rhythms for this record, and this one is in 5/8 time, which is a real departure for us,” says Johnson. “It moves us further away from the classic motorik beat. And it’s special because it’s the first song on which Sanae wrote the lyrics and sings lead.” Yamada adds that “the lyrics are about the search for a sense of belonging and for the truth of one’s inner being, beneath the masks we’re conditioned to wear in order to function in society.”
Listen to “Eternal Shore” below.
Stars Are The Light is out 9/27 on Sacred Bones. Pre-order it here.