I've got to be honest and say that Vol 1 doesn't really engage me the way Vol 2 does. Vol1 sounds a bit like they are on autopilot and Vol 2 is where they stretch out into new and interesting areas. Buy it anyway. Moon Duo is always nice on the turntable no matter which album it is even though this is not their best.
Favorite track: The Death Set.
If you have never heard Moon Duo you are in for a psych rock treat. Sounds like a modern treatment of 80's Chrome with sci-fi hints of Hawkwind at times. RIFY Wooden Shjips, Chrome, general jam-psych.
Meaning all things magick and supernatural, the root of the word occult is that which is hidden, concealed, beyond the limits of our minds. If this is occult, then the Occult Architecture of Moon Duo’s fourth album - a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes released in 2017 - is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light.
Offering a cosmic glimpse into the hidden patterning embedded in everything, Occult Architecture reflects the harmonious duality of these light and dark energies through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang.
In Chinese, Yin means “the shady side of the hill” and is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, earth. Following this logic, Vol. 1 embraces and embodies Moon Duo’s darker qualities — released appropriately on February 3, in the heart of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
According to guitarist Ripley 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 keyboardist Sanae 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.”
Vol. 1 was mixed in Berlin by the band’s longtime collaborator Jonas Verwijnen.
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I usually prefer my rock heavier, “stonier” and a bit darker. Still, this album is one of my go to album when I want to chill out hippie style. It is both psychedelic and relaxing. No bad trip here, just some great quality music and some gentle light. I presume that this is what flower power must have sound like in the 60’s and 70’s. This is how this album feels to me anyway. David Yvinec