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  • Vinyl (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Souterrain Transmissions
  • ASIN: B008RUZUG4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sleepwalker
  2. I Can See
  3. Circles
  4. I Been Gone
  5. Sparks
  6. Dance Pt. 3
  7. Free Action
  8. Trails
  9. Rolling Out

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Moon Duo - Circles - LP Vinyl Album

BBC Review

“Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth, that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn risen on mid-noon, and under every deep a lower deep opens.”

The above quotation is taken from an essay written in 1841 entitled ‘Circles’, wherein transcendentalist writer Ralph Waldo Emerson considers the human experience at length, exploring the notion of ‘genius’ and mankind’s constant striving for greater knowledge, depth and understanding. It also serves as the inspiration for Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada’s second full-length as Moon Duo, which more or less picks up where last year’s Mazes left off.

Like that record, Circles sounds bright and confident, unafraid to revel in droning, repetitious figures and fuzzy vocals. These nine compositions grind, churn and propel themselves onward at a relatively unhurried pace, a gleaming pop sensibility revealing itself given time.

This is most evident on its title track, a flurry of garage-rock riffs, descending synth lines and freewheeling guitar solos. “The end is beginning,” sing the duo, not without a certain sense of glee. That all the songs adhere to the same blueprint matters little; Johnson is well versed in full-blooded, ranging psychedelia by means of Wooden Shjips. And while Circles heavily relies on pummelling repetition, he is not averse to opening up Moon Duo’s sound with a brace of splintering turns on the guitar.

It matters little… yet it does matter, a little. Like its predecessor, Circles offers little in the way of dynamics, and works off a very familiar template. Where Mazes’ opening track was entitled Seer, one or the more instantly engaging here is called I Can See. That they are very similar-sounding albums should come as no great surprise; these are the same musicians we are talking about, the same project.

Perhaps glossier and a touch more refined, Circles nevertheless stands up very well on its own terms, and complements its predecessor not in spite, but precisely because of their similarities.

--James Skinner

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If it weren't for the fact that Circles takes its name from an 1841 essay by transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson it'd have been as well to entitle it Loops. True we'd have then lost the telling allegory of Erik "Ripley" Johnson's exercises in repetition being code for organically approved order, but this otherwise open collection doesn't require such highbrow festooning to appeal when an erstwhile, almost self-mocking strain of frankness has been key to Johnson and his keyboard-wielding cohort Sanae Yamada's MO to date. Prior to this release, the Mazes LP predictably encoded a roundabout sense of dark-edged playfulness and before that the pair made their alter-ego Escape, leaving San Franciscan space-rock overlords Wooden Shjips for pastures differently named if not massively distinct.

Perhaps then a little less tunnel-visioned than Wooden Shjips, perhaps a touch more populist with occasional choruses, Moon Duo remains an extension of the pair's roots rather than a vacation and Circles a continuation of Mazes rather than a deviation. As such, and despite a couple of cuts like, for example, the summery psyche of the title track (which is probably the lightest loop-fest yet credited to the twosome - its spiralling synths and all), Circles is as comfortable an album as one so deeply mired in signature grind and fuzzed-out repeato-drone can be.

The locked-in groove of "Sleepwalker" is particularly ear-catching with a vaguely Eastern line of psyche and Johnson's stoned whisper bubbling through the bong smoke like a becloaked night-crawler disturbing a descending fog.
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Nice. Groovy. Happening. If you like fuzzy psych space rawk but also like to swing, this is for you! Yessssssssss
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Great Vinyl Thanks
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First class CD
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This was bought as part of husband's Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips collection.
He played it once and we now have the box, but no cd - a mystery!
Will of course buy a replacement soon.
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