RIYL: Wooden Shjips, The Oh Sees, Psychic Ills

Label: Sacred Bones

Moon Duo have struck gold in the past with their other worldly music, and their seventh album looks to be more of the same. This time however, the guitar driven psychedelic sound maintains the road a bit more while only veering slightly in the la la land with their synth forward ambitions; never being a bad thing. You can get this in many different ways, and probably more to come, which will be listed below. Grab what tickles your fancy and enjoy!

[…] Yamada: “We have changed, the nature of our collaboration has changed, the world has changed, and we wanted the new music to reflect that.”Branching out from Occult Architecture Vol. 2, the album has a sonic physicality that is at once propulsive and undulating; it puts dance at the heart of an expansive nexus that connects the body to the stars. These are songs about embodied human experience — love, change, misunderstanding, internal struggle, joy, misery, alienation, discord, harmony, celebration — rendered as a kind of dance of the self, both in relation to other selves and to the eternal dance of the cosmos.

Taking disco as its groove-oriented departure point, Stars Are the Light shimmers with elements of ’70s funk and ’90s rave. Johnson’s signature guitar sound is at its most languid and refined, while Yamada’s synths and oneiric vocals are foregrounded to create a spacious percussiveness that invites the body to move with its mesmeric rhythms. With Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum) at the mixing desk in Portugal’s Serra de Sintra, (known to the Romans as “The Mountains of the Moon”) the area’s lush landscape and powerful lunar energies exerted a strong influence on the vibe and sonic texture of the album. […]

Sacred Bones Numbered to 350

Alternate screen printed, wrap around sleeve, wax sealed LP on red vinyl, enamel pin ($29)

Indie Only (US / UK & EU)

Exclusive Opaque Red Vinyl

Sacred Bones Club#6 Numbered to 150

alternate screen printed, wrap around sleeve, enamel pin, bonus mixtape with wax sealed on blue vinyl (Enrollment Required)

UK Dinked Version #23 (A few stores still have this available)

Limited to 500 only pressings on yellow vinyl w/ Custom OBI strip & Bespoke hand numbered print (

Also available in regular black vinyl with alternating covers at their bandcamp site.

The Details

Sacred Bones Red Numbered: ***Limited Edition Version: Edition of 350 hand-numbered copies, comes with alternate screen printed, wrap around sleeve, wax sealed LP pressed on red vinyl, with Moon Duo enamel pin, available by mail-order only. ONE PER PERSON LIMIT.***

Sacred Bones Club Version: ***Sacred Bones Record Society version: Edition of 150 hand-numbered copies, comes with alternate screen printed, wrap around sleeve, wax sealed LP pressed on Society-exclusive blue vinyl with a Moon Duo enamel pin and a Society-exclusive mixed tape, available by mail-order only. Enrollment required.**

Indie Only Red Vinyl Edition

Dinked Edition No.23:+ Released: 27th September 2019 + Sacred Bones | SBR228LPC2 + 500 only pressing + Exclusive yellow vinyl + Custom OBI strip + Bespoke hand numbered print

The artwork for the vinyl edition of Stars Are the Light comes in four different color schemes, which will be randomly selected for each order. The CD has another color scheme altogether. Catch ’em all!

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Price $29

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