I've only ever seen one picture of San Francisco's Moon Duo, the (um) duo of Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson, the latter being the guitarist for alt-fuzzmongers Wooden Shjips. And until today I would have told you I'd only ever heard one kind of song by Moon Duo, namely a densely sibilant, vaguely listless cocktail of buzzsaw drone and Stooges-y undertow.
The Duo has just announced that its first full-length album, Mazes, will come out on March 29 on New York spookarama Sacred Bones. Not only is there a new picture to be seen (that posture! those shorts!), but there's a new sense of purpose and dynamism in the jangly title track, which you can listen to below. Not to worry, you could still sandblast a building with the guitar sound, but could also waggle your tailfeathers to the tune a little bit. What other wonders are in store for 2011? (Besides a show April 11 at Bottom of the Hill, that is?) Only time will tell.