MOON DUO, Button Factory, Dublin, tonight, e16
Portland act Moon Duo hit the devil’s music at right angles — indulging in psychedelic krautrock jams and shoegaze fuzz, with references to occult figures like Aleister Crowley.
Their 2017 two-part LP Occult Architectures Vol 1 and Vol 2 is a cosmic motorik journey, with Neu!-style fuzzed guitars, murmured vocals and gleaming synths.
Their first effort of 2018, though, is a bit of an outlier — Jukebox Baby’s gaudy pink cover and glinting electronic pop touches hint at a more playful side than their usual head-down mantra.
LINDSTROM, Tengu, Dublin, tonight
Dublin dance promoters Melodic are celebrating their sixth birthday tonight with the king of modern space-disco, Lindstrom.
The Norwegian producer and DJ’s 2017 album, It’s Alright Between Us As It Is, could well be his best mission statement yet — full of unfurling analogue arpeggios and a general warm glow.
THE FIELD, Button Factory, Dublin, tomorrow
Swedish producer Axel Willner aka The Field is best known for his shape-shifting and droning ambient techno, with comfort blanket kickdrums.
But even in his most zen moments he can jolt you out of this hypnotic bliss — the Lionel Richie Hello guitar lick in A Paw In My Face stands out.
His latest album The Follower went one better than a minor jolt, with the title track opening things with some wiry techno, but it soon calms down with abstract guitar shimmers and trademark repetition. Let’s hope there’s a bit of this tension tomorrow night at the Button Factory.