The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Moon Duo
I’ve put together my list of favorites from the year that was, a touch fashionably late as always. Once again, I’ve decided to eschew a ranking system and instead give you an alphabetical look at the records I fell for this year. There’s some names here that will come as no surprise to anyone, and perhaps a few that might surprise you. These are simply my favorites from 2017, the albums I went back to again and again, the albums that I swooned over. So, without further exposition, here’s my list. I think you’ll find you can get your kicks from any and all of the 66 records I’ve chosen, and I truly hope you’ll find some treasures to cherish, as I cherish each and every record here. Many, many thanks to the artists who put out this fantastic music, their sounds helped make 2017 bearable.
Who: Moon Duo
What: Occult Architecture Vol. 1; Occult Architecture Vol. 2
When: February 2017; May 2017
Where: Sacred Bones
Why: When it comes to totally far-the-fuck-out cosmonaut psych rock dronescapes, you'll have to search far and wide to find better than Moon Duo. Their two-record masterwork exploring the concepts of Yin (Vol. 1) and Yang (Vol. 2) is a finely-crafted two-headed monster of glacial grooves and spacey sinews. Or, as guitarist/vocalist Ripley Johnson puts it, Vol. 1 is the "fuzz dungeon" whereas Vol. 2 is "the crystal palace." Each great in their own ways, put the two records together and you've got a triumphant concept album fully and beautifully realized.