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Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol. 1 album review

They’ve got a fuzz box and they’re gonna use it

Though their touchstones are still the fuzzed guitars of the early Cramps and Suicide’s prime-time electronic throb, to suggest that Moon Duo (now confusingly expanded to a trio) haven’t moved on is like saying that a Boeing 747 is hardly an improvement on the Wright Brothers’ Flyer 1.

On Occult Architecture Vol. 1, the first of two volumes – the second is scheduled for later in 2017 - inspired by occultist and spiritual writers such as Aleister Crowley and Mary Anne Atwood, Moon Duo move into heavier and darker sonic terrains. Opener The Death Set sets the pace with a groove so filthy that a shower is called for, while Cross-Town Fade pumps at a teeth-grinding pace thanks to Sanae Yamada’s synths and Ripley Johnson’s psychedelic guitar freak-outs.

Still favouring extended excursions (see White Rose), their acquaintance with melody is developing into first-name terms to create a fabulously hypnotic trip.