Moon Duo is a side project of Wooden Shjips frontman Erik Johnson and if you go weak at the knees for that band, you’ll go full-on paraplegic for this as Johnson, who seems from his static stage swagger to be the creative core of Wooden Shjips, has drawn this long (ish) player from the same well of blissed-out, motorik psychedelia. As the name suggests, there are two of them (the other half is Sanae Yamada) and they pump a kind of groovy, lunar krautrock that’s purportedly influenced by the music of batshit-crazy jazz visionaries John Coltrane and Rashied Ali. Starting breezily with the phaser-wigging title track, the record climbs gradually to storming closer ‘Stumbling 22nd St.’; an ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ for the oxycontin generation. These aren’t so much songs as acts of sonic worship, played with all the poise and lurking violence of a billion dollar arms deal. Although it might require patience from some – this stuff reaches your heartstrings indirectly via your head and joints – it’s well worth it.

By Edgar Smith

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