Review: A duo who've put considerable work into exploring the universes that can be located within two chords, Moon Duo may not be a band that anyone is expecting surprises or musical evolution from, rather a journey into their comforting mind-meld of Spacemen 3 drone and krautrock texture. 'Occult Architecture Vol. 2' bucks this trend in style, swapping the imposing darkness of its predecessor for open spaces and beatific soundscapes. The Balearic Neil Young lilt of 'Mirror's Edge' and alien glam stomp of 'The Crystal World', indeed, draw a map towards worlds and visions even admirers of this band didn't realise they were capable of.
Review: The psychic intertwining of Ripley Johnson and Saneae Yamada has always extended across areas of enlightenment somewhat more advanced than your average two-chord psych explorers, yet 'Occult Architecture' is adept at striking a tidy balance between the monomaniacal and the metaphysical. Much as ever, the starting points here are the motorik rhythm of Neu! and La Dusseldorf, the vintage synth sounds of the '70s and the guitar curlicues of Spacemen 3, yet few contemporary longhairs possess their elemental power to extend these core elements and render them a pathway to the stars.