Moon Duo

Moon Duo set for Heaven

Moon Duo, led by guitarist Ripley Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada, bring their psychedelia to Heaven on 17 March 2017.

The show will follow the release of their album ‘Occult Architecture Vol. 1’, the first half of an opus described as “an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang”.

‘Volume 1’ represents the Yin (“the shady side of the hill”), which is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, and earth, and therefore showcases Moon Duo’s darker qualities.

Just listen to the hypnotic ‘Cold Fear’. Or ‘Creepin’, which shows a more energetic and kinetic side to that dark energy.

“’Cold Fear’ is about primal fear, like drowning, or falling endlessly in a nightmare,” Johnson explains. “It’s a creeping, striking feeling that is also a real rush. It makes you feel alive.”


‘Creepin’, in turn, “was inspired by the image of Death creeping up on someone (as in the gospel blues ‘When Death Comes Creeping in Your Room’), which is just a spooky idea,” reveals Johnson. “It’s about time passing and decay, but it’s also about rebirth, and something new growing out of that decay. Ashes to ashes and all that.”

According to Johnson, “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.”

Adds Yamada: “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.”

  • ‘Volume 1’ is out on 3 February. ‘Volume 2’ will follow later.

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