Single Review: Moon Duo – Mazes

By on Thursday, 14th April 2011 at 12:00 pm

Moon Duo’s psychedelic twosome of Wooden Shjips Erik Johnson on guitar and Sanae Yamada on keyboards have produced their new album in the unfamiliar territory of Germany, in stark contrast to San Francisco where their first album was created.

The first single from it, ‘Mazes’ (also the title of the album) is a sweet little, trippy pop tune. It’s difficult to follow of course, but if you are listening to Moon Duo you are hardly expecting easy listening with epic arena choruses. No, instead you are offered up a mix of subtle melodies and gently floating vocals and noodling guitar riffs. At first ‘Mazes’ sounds like a bit of a mess, like if you threw Animal Collective and David Bowie at each other. It grows bigger, though, morphing into a catchy dance floor beat.

If Moon Duo were thinking of good times to release this song though, there is no time like the present, with the UK bathed in glorious sunlight and this song sounding like if Vampire Weekend and the Drums put all their warm summery energy together. It’s a perfect fit; I can just hear it as you sprawl out in your garden while a barbecue sizzles in the background. The perfect background to a lazy April day. Watch the promo video for it below and while you’re at it, you can also listen to the audio of the song and download it for your personal collection below as well.



Moon Duo’s single ‘Mazes’ is available now. The album of the same name will be released on the 18th of April on Berlin label Souterrain Transmissions. The band will be touring in the UK in May – details here.

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