Moon Duo – Circles

January 01, 1970

(Sacred Bones)


“The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it
forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated
without end,” began Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay
“Circles”. 171 years later, Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada of Moon
Duo strive to achieve the heightened form of transcendentalism the American
philosopher was going for on paper in sonic form for their third full-length,
also called Circles coincidentally


While not a drastic forage away from their characteristic
drone-psych groove, Emerson’s concept
of “the flying Perfect” is indeed taken to the brink throughout these
nine epic cuts, especially when Johnson floats off into a mesmerizing guitar
solo as he does on “I Been Gone” and “Rolling Out”, while the
hand jive boogie of “Free Action” and the Byrds-gone-shoegaze jangle
of “Trails” exhibits Johnson’s ever-increasing songwriting prowess.  Even if it’s in small phases, Moon Duo
continue to evolve as they revolve.


Been Gone”, “Trails”, “Rolling Out” –RON HART



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