Moon Duo

A worthy counterpart to guitarist Erik “Ripley” Johnson’s work in Wooden Shjips, his collaboration with Sanae Yamada mines a mellower, more introverted side of the slow-burn psych so close to Johnson’s heart. Formed just last year, Moon Duo released a 12-inch single and an EP on two different labels before migrating to Woodsist for the new four-song, 29-minute album Escape. Set quietly swirling, each track stokes a delirious drone from varying shades of guitars, drums, and keys. Different moments reference the hypnotic tug of Silver Apples, Suicide, and Can, while Johnson’s vocals manifest merely as incidental wisps or atmospheric undercurrents. When a reverb-soaked tambourine beat can hold one’s attention for seven minutes, as on “In The Trees,” a band is definitely doing something right. With Du Hexen Hase and Midday Veil. DOUG WALLEN

Thu., Feb. 18, 10 p.m., 2010

 
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