Desert Ghosts LP released!


Out now! Desert Ghosts!

“Like Moon Duo hopped up on pure wormwood extract, the Toronto-based improv space-rock outfit known as Moonwood have plucked another full-length jewel from the ether. Drawing on a cornucopia of worldly throwback psychedelic influences from the Middle East, Asia and Germany, Desert Ghosts is a relentless assault on your psyche, bound to blow your consciousness out the back of your skull and into a kaleidoscope of interdimensional possibilities. …. The first half of Desert Ghosts is noted as ‘Earthbound desert rock,’ a voyage through the deserts of the American West with fuzz rock and cosmic surf grounded by motorik rhythms, and the second half is a Trans Arrakis Express suite, signifying the arrival on the fictional desert planet from Frank Herbert’s famed 1965 sci-fi novel Dune. The change in sound is audible; the first half propelled by frontman Jakob Rehlinger’s incendiary guitar and Luca Capone’s impertinent drums, while the second half is more meditative and mystical, featuring more of bassist Matt Fava’s violin. Both sides are united by filtered synth drones and Jacqueline Noire’s mesmerizing vocals.” ~ Exclaim!

Released November 5th 2015 in partnership with Pleasence Records.

Transparent purple vinyl, first 150 copies come with limited edition 12×16 risographed print.

LP: $17.99 CAD (plus regional shipping rates) | Digital: $7.99

Listen and purchase HERE or in the player below.


Desert Ghosts LP pre-order


Pre-orders are now open for Toronto psychedelic space-rockers MOONWOOD‘s Desert Ghosts!

Transparent purple vinyl, first 150 copies come with limited edition 12×16 risographed print. Listen to a couple samples and pre-order HERE or in the player below.

Releases November 5th 2015 on Arachnidiscs Recordings partnered with Pleasence Records.

Release show in Toronto at Ratio on November 6th—Facebook event.

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Ratio live recording and NXNE questionaire

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On May 29th we played an improvised (and untitled) set of droney space rock. In rehearsal it was intentionally a fairly mellow affair, but we managed to rough things up a bit at the show. Jacqueline Noire belts it out good and proper around the 12 minute mark. It was, of course, captured by Joe Strutt of Mechanical Forest Sound (who presented the show).

With our June 17th NXNE showcase coming up at the Smiling Buddha (961 College Street), We also answered “5 Simple Questions” for The Spill Magazine.

1. What’s your favourite thing about a festival like NXNE?

Well, it’s a chance for our live set to be reviewed by music journalists who wouldn’t ever review our show, if they’d come at all. When we played CMW we got slagged by a reviewer based on the hat I was wearing. That never would have happened otherwise. I felt like that was the kind of treatment Morrissey would get from NME in the 80s so I was pretty excited about that. Like we’d hit the big time.

2. What should we expect from your live show?

We’re an improvisational psychedelic space-rock band so a lot of psychedelic effects and jamming. Some nice drawn-out space drones. A pretty mind-expanding experience. The venue has a tiny stage so we won’t be moving around much. Actually I’d be shocked if any of us move at all. We can probably be mistaken for corpses. But corpses who haven’t been dead very long. No rotting flesh or anything so sensational. So it’s best to just close your eyes and take the trip. Smell the colours, taste the sound. Laying down on the floor is a good option but I’d recommend bringing a blanket or yoga mat.

3. Tell us something we probably don’t know about your band.

I think people don’t realize how improvised most of our set is. Jacqueline Noire makes up the words as she goes. What’s sung at one gig or rehearsal probably isn’t at the next. The same goes for the music. We have grooves or riffs that are the basis of our “songs” but they’re ever-evolving creatures. We have a couple that are fairly solidified now, but more than half the set is made up on the spot. Since we’re playing rock and we’re not a jazz combo, I think people don’t realize how much it’s on the fly.

4. If you could write the soundtrack for any existing film (from any decade) which film would you choose and what would the songs sound like?

I rather fancy the idea of doing a soundtrack for Pink Floyd’s Live At Pompeii. It would sound like early Pink Floyd but more spacey and more psychedelic. Maybe like a combination of Hawkwind and early-70’s Miles Davis.

5. Would you rather open for Neil Young or Bruce Springsteen, and why?

I’m afraid to say, it’d have to be whichever one pays better. Because I can’t see either audience taking to us. Maybe Neil would have more old hippies in the crowd who’d be into improvised psychedelic space-rock. We might be able to pull in 10 or 15 per cent of his audience and I’d think we could only get maybe 1% of Springsteen’s. On the other hand, Bruce didn’t come up with the Pono. I’m not sure I could be diplomatic about the Pono to Neil’s face. Now, if a time machine were involved, and we we opening for one of them in 1972, then definitely Neil Young.


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Presented by Mechanical Forest SoundMoonwood, Manticore & Mirrors in May @ Ratio (283 College)

When Joe Strutt of MFS (and the Track Could Bend concert series) wrote “You could slot this (and not just alphabetically!) between Manticore and Moonwood”, Jakob said that would make for a pretty good show. After some badgering, he and Zach from Mirrors made Joe actually put it on. Moonwood will be performing a new, extended drone-kraut piece. Plus there’s planned to be a special all-hands-on-deck collaborative grand finale! MMMMMusic.

Friday, May 29th
EARLY SHOW! We do not mess around — this will start precisely on time.
Doors @ 7 / show @ 8 (show starting on the dot, no lies, no exceptions!)


Arachnidiscs Recordings is opening up Wavelength‘s five night NXNE residency at the Smiling Buddha (961 College)

Moonwood will be playing a more song-oriented “rock” set for this show. Featuring new, unheard, tunes and a few fave raves from our long-awaited (still lost in pressing plant limbo) Desert Ghosts LP.

Wednesday June 17th

8:00 – Holiday Rambler
9:00 – Khôra
10:00 – Clara Engel
11:00 – Moonwood
12:00 – The Holy Gasp

Doors 7PM
Festival wristbands, badges or $10 walk-up


Two live versions of an improvised jam we call “SET CONTROLS FOR THE DARK SIDE OF THE NILE”. Compare and contrast.

Live at Ratio Dec 12, 2014.

Live at Long Winter Jan 9, 2015.

Both versions recorded by the fab Joe Strutt.

Jan 15th show with Clara Engel and Cetacea


As the poster says: PWYC, Jan 15, 9pm, Johnny Jackson 587 College Street.

Long Winter


Moonwood is playing in the Pleasence Records curated Conversation Room of Toronto’s Great Hall for Long Winter 3.3 on January 9th.

In other news, the test pressings for the long delayed Desert Ghosts LP have been approved and should be hitting the presses soon.

Next gig: 9/11 at The Painted Lady


There’s a new curated concert series in town (Toronto, ON). Cinematic indie-rockers 5th Projekt are running ‘Second Thursdays’ at The Painted Lady (218 Ossington). The second Thursday we’re slated for is on 9/11. Heading the bill is fuzz-psychsters Norway.

FB event page:

Next gig: Aug. 29 @ Ratio


Toronto’s hottest new art-space RATIO is the venue for Arachnidiscs’ TOTENBAUM TRÄGER cassette release show. We’ll be supporting them along with fellow arachnids, The Knot and the free-jazz duo of Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro.

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REVOLUTION! (Live 14.06.28)

Off-the-cuff, improvised face-melter of a song. Jacqueline’s call to arms. Recorded live at the Smiling Buddha Bar in Toronto on June 28, 2014 by Joe Strutt just a little too late to make it onto Hexperience.