Moon Duo - 'Circles'
'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.