Moon Duo – ‘Circles’

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'Circles' is less an orbiting lunar satellite than a full-blown Death Star

Space rock is a crowded constellation these days what with Deerhunter, Autolux and Spiritualized all doing the rounds, but San Francisco racket-makers Moon Duo’s star shines a little brighter than the rest. Full of grinding guitar drones and synth spirals, their second album ‘Circles’ is less an orbiting lunar satellite than a full-blown Death Star, its phasers set to krautrock-inspired noise marathons. ‘I Been Gone’ captures the pair at their best, colliding Queens Of The Stone Age-type stoned garage riffs with the airy vocals of frontman Ripley Johnson (also of Wooden Shjips). For those who can stomach its muscular experimentation, ‘Circles’ is out of this world.

Al Horner