Track Of The Day: Moon Duo - "Sleepwalker"

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Sacred Bones tells us that the newest album from Moon Duo, Circles, is inspired by:

 "Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 essay by the same name, on the symbol and nature of "the flying Perfect." From the opening lines: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end." And so it goes. Rust never sleeps."

Yeah, I don't get that at all from their first single, "Sleepwalker."  Instead of the circular nature of, well, nature, I get a more industrial feel from the distorted guitar that thumps throughout this brilliant track.  This is rough music with smooth vocals, and the only problem I have with it is that the context doesn't match up.  How much does that affect my love for the track?  ZERO.  "Sleepwalker" is brutally beautiful, and while it doesn't shift too much or keep the listener on their toes from second to second, the entire piece is what's working.  The song quickly snaps into a groove, then continues introducing smaller layers throughout to guide this simple, but effective track to a satisfying conclusion.  Judging from "Sleepwalkers," I have a feeling that Circles is going to be one of the more enjoyable yet intelligent albums we're graced with this year. 


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