The Moon Duo hits you hard between the eyes, ears and frontal lobes with an unabashedly psychedelic approach to their dark rock & roll, and every track is a delight. Especially notable is their use of a constant and propulsive drumbeat, which puts them closer to psych-punks Hawkwind as opposed to a mellower Pink Floyd. They also seem to love the letter S, as in Suicide, Stereolab and Spacemen 3. With expert use of fuzz, phase, hushed vocals and keyboards, they are not exactly re-inventing the wheel here, but it’s a damn good wheel! Or is it a flying saucer?
Score: 8 out of 10
Occult Architecture Vol. 1
Sacred Bones Records
Producer: Moon Duo, Jonas Verwijnen