Desert Ghosts LP released!

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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.

Long Winter

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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.

Interview about Trans Venus Express

Jakob was interviewed by The Bohemian Club label’s Alistair Read regarding the Trans Venus Express EP which is going to be released by The Bohemian Club, digitally, on November 15th.

 

When did you realize you had the beginnings of your sound?

I haven’t yet. It’s a pretty evolutionary process. Moonwood material is all over the map too from acid-folk and psych-improv type stuff to the fairly techno krautrock that’s on Trans Venus Express. And what I do in BABEL is very different again. Also what I do in BABEL ranges from minimalist chamber pieces to guitar noise experiments to musique concrete type stuff (as TRANZMIT). All over the place. I don’t think I have a “sound” per se, production-wise, but there are certain phrasings and motifs that pop up across all my work in my playing.

It was probably about fifteen years ago I started embracing my “style” instead of abandoning those ideas because they didn’t sound like anyone else. Which was a breakthrough as a player because I wasn’t really conscious I was doing that. The work I’m most proud of is recognizable as being me, no matter what genre, or sound, it happens to be wrapped in.

What music inspired the ep?

Honestly, my previous album Trans Martian Express was the original inspiration. ‘Venus’ began as the follow-up LP for Pleasence Records and I was aiming for something similar in approach. I soon felt it was straying too far into EDM territory. There’s a bit of ‘80s gloss to the arpeggiators and the drums sounds and I wanted the electronic elements on the LP to be more organic in nature. Also I wanted Jacqueline more involved.

It just happened Bohemian Club contacted me right as I was about to abandon the sessions and start over so I ended up finishing the four tracks, and allowed the sort of ‘80s Maimi Vice textures to evolve. I definitely thought, “What would Jan Hammer do?” a few times during the recordings—something I’d never normally allow myself to do.

Do you play out at all?

We do. Not often, probably a half dozen time a year. We’ve been using live-looped electronic percussion and drum machines but are looking to add a live drummer and bassist. I think we’re jamming with some this weekend, actually.

What are your listening habits like—any guilty pleasures or treasured gems?

My listening habits are pretty eclectic. My all-time favourite band is Pet Shop Boys but then my second favourite probably has to be Swans. Of course, I listen to neither very often. Nor do I listen to as much kraut or psych-improv as you’d expect. I certainly own a lot of Moonwood-ish stuff, but if you looked at what’s on my iPhone you’d be as likely to find Da Lench Mob, Lana Del Ray, Slayer, John Lee Hooker, Carly Rae Jepsen and about a million shoegaze songs as something like Six Organs of Admittance or Neu! or Kraftwerk. In fact, I don’t own a single Kraftwerk album, which surprises some people.

I think Sigue Sigue Sputnik probably counts as a guilty pleasure and a treasured gem. Third favourite band, easy.

Whats next in the pipeline for Moonwood?

We’re working and re-working the LP for Pleasence Records I mentioned before. I’ll be another Trans Express krautrock album. The planet hasn’t been decided yet, but I suspect it’ll be Saturn or Jupiter. One of the big ones. It has a bit of Erkin Koray by-way-of Dick Dale feel to some of the tracks. We also have some acoustic acid-folk songs half in the can. There might be a live cassette from recent shows and radio appearances. Also, that working with living drummers and bassists experiment.

Trans Martian Express tape release

VIDEO: Trans Martian Disko

We’ve just released a new video for the track “Trans Martian Disko” from the album Trans Martian Express (on Pleasence Records). We’ve put it up on YouTube and Vimeo. Feel free to compare and contrast video compression. Or play them both at the same time for maximum eyeball bleedage.