Moon Duo was formed by Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Sanae Yamada in San Francisco in 2009. Inspired initially by free jazz duos, such as John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, the duo counts such variant groups as Silver Apples, Royal Trux, Moolah, Suicide, and Cluster as touchstones. Utilizing primarily guitar, keyboards, and vocals, Moon Duo plays space against form to create a primeval sound experience. For SHP they recorded a mesmerising, 21 minute long, track called “High Over Blue”. The layout and etching on the back was done by Ward Heirwegh.
1. High over Blue
***** Description of physical packaging:
— Vinyl only, 350 pressed copies.
— One-sided 180 gram LP format. A-side contains music, B-side contains an artist etching (done by Ward Heirwegh). Cardboard sleeve.
Release date: 16 July 2012
Recording location(s): Blue River, CO
Mastering: J. Cuypers