Occult Architecture Vol.2

Occult Architecture Vol.2 Artwork

Following the widely praised Volume 1 of Moon Duo’s two part psychedelic opus, Occult Architecture, Sanae Yamada & Ripley Johnson announce the release of Volume 2 for Friday 5th May 2017 on Sacred Bones. The announcement comes with a new track & video entitled ‘Lost In Light’ below, giving a glimpse into the shimmering world that represents the lighter half of this Yin and Yang themed creation – the Yang.

The new video was created by Micah Buzan as a counter-reaction to his previous animation for ‘Cold Fear’. Speaking on this new video for ‘Lost in Light’, he commented: “‘Lost In Light’ is the yang to ‘Cold Fear’s yin. In ‘Cold Fear’ the aliens ruled the planet in their giant skyscrapers and tortured humanoids. ‘Lost In Light’ continues the story of ‘Cold Fear’ a million years into the future, when the aliens have died off after exhausting the planet’s resources, and nature reclaims the land. Huge flowers grow out of the dead humanoids, aliens, and their buildings. Moon Duo emerge from an alien’s head as a flower and rainbow, becoming one with the planet as the sun absorbs everything into oblivion.

In regards to the two album volumes, they can be seen to offer 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. Following the Yin (darkness, night, earth) represented on Occult Architecture Vol. 1, Vol. 2 presents the Yang. As such, with Yang meaning “the bright side of the hill” and being associated with the sun, light, and the spirit of heaven; Vol. 2 therefore can be seen to explore the light and airy elements of Moon Duo’s complex psyche.

In production we referred to Vol. 1 as the fuzz dungeon, and Vol. 2 as the crystal palace,” guitarist Ripley Johnson explains. “The darkness of Vol. 1 gave birth to the light of Vol. 2. We had to have both elements in order to complete the cycle. We’re releasing them separately to allow them their own space, and to ensure clarity of vision. To that end we also mixed Vol. 2 separately, in the height of Portland summer, focusing on its sonic qualities of lightness, air, and sun. Listeners can ultimately use the two volumes individually or together, depending on circumstance or the desired effect.”

Occult Architecture Vol. 2 tracklisting:
1. New Dawn
2. Mirror’s Edge
3. Sevens
4. Lost in Light
5. The Crystal World

Wed March 15th – Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
Thur March 16th – Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
Fri March 17th – London, UK @ Heaven (supported by Baba Naga)
Thur April 6th – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Fri April 7th – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat April 8th – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

For full tour dates and tickets go to moonduo.org.

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