Shadow of the Sun

Moon Duo - Shadow of the Sun
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #526 / 891
User Score
Based on 50 ratings
2015 Ratings: #508
March 3, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

The ability to indulge their improvisational side has been increased exponentially on Shadow of the Sun, and the arena of psych-blues rock/wig-out is where Moon Duo operate best.

The Skinny
The guitars are distorted and the grooves repetitive, but they still carry a sense of propulsion and adventure.

Shadow Of The Sun marks another triumph for the rapidly becoming essential Moon Duo.

The short story is that they try a bunch of new stuff, it all works, and they don't sacrifice any of the good stuff.
Don’t expend too much mental energy on it, and you’ll dance through it all with a huge grin on your face.
Drowned in Sound

The occasional flat note aside though, simply as a status of Moon Duo’s confidence, Shadow of the Sun is dead-on.

Moon Duo capitalize on their usual formula: fuzzed out riffs, Santana solos and droning, monotone vocals. That may not sound like a compliment, but for Moon Duo it somehow works.
Moon Duo make their own kind of retro-eyed dance music, almost techno-like in its adherence to tight cyclical form, fashioned from the building blocks of garage and psychedelic rock.
Loud and Quiet
There’s not much here to differentiate from 2012’s ‘Circles’, but that’s often the limitations of psych rock. The medium is tedious, but they sure do it well.

None of the songs on Shadow of the Sun sound new, but the familiar sounds create an atmosphere of safety that allows the more unexpected elements of the record all the more noteworthy.

Under The Radar
The first thing that needs to be said about Moon Duo: if you can't bear repetition, they're probably not for you.
NOW Magazine
They call themselves "repeat-o rock" for good reason.
The apex of which Moon Duo head towards on ‘The Shadow of the Sun’ isn’t reached and seemingly it burns out before entering a new atmosphere.
Eh. Meh. Really soft, echo-y lyrics where you're like, dafuq are they saying? Use your words, please. It all kinda blends together in one big pile of repetitive beats....or was the whole album one long song?
It is strange to know a band or an artist in their fourth or fifth album. You start to wonder how they became what they are. You take the risk of dislike them or love them even more. "Shadow of the Sun" won me over. Repetitive yet a solid and enthusiastic psychic rock portrait of danceable tunes, this record gave me sure i don´t want to take any risks right now. They can wait. I can wait.
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#26/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. Wilding
  2. Night Beat
  3. Free The Skull
  4. Zero
  5. In A Cloud
  6. Thieves
  7. Slow Down Low
  8. Ice
  9. Animal
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Added on: December 3, 2014