Moon Duo are something of a 21st century Suicide — a synth swelled duo occupying a dreamscape drive down a dark highway. It’s a very specific kind of atmosphere and mood and on Shadow of the Sun, their third long player for the Sacred Bones label, it is perhaps best encapsulated by the slow and spacey “In a Cloud.” Synth washes over the tape in undulating waves as members Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada chant in floating, hazy harmony. Flowing ragged guitar gleams like a spectacular, DeLillo-esque sunset — orange, pink and brilliant.
It brings to mind one of the band’s finer early moments — their atmospheric rendition of the Rolling Stones “Winter.” A rendering adrift in the negative space, it is weightless, out of focus and sublime. words / c depasquale