RIYL: Acid Folk, Eternal Tapestries, Fleet Foxes, The Entrance Band
Label: Guruguru Brain
Delve into a forest of¬†melancholic sonic elixir from Tokyo, Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo¬†in their latest offering¬†entitled, “House in the Tall Grass.” With only two songs available for preview, I’m super stoked on this release.
Their first single, “Kogarashi” opens up like new born leaves on a foggy morning. It’s a gentle mantra in which it’s strength is simplicity and balance throughout with their signature sitar solo for additional¬†mysticism.
“Silver Owl,” the 2nd single off “House in the Tall Grass,” starts off as pure as a moonlit night escape into the dunes with the imagery eventually evaporating into the clouds, only to rain back down onto the ground with a grueling dirt fuzz solo.
It is unclear what color the wax will be for the /500 and although the price may seem steep for us foreigners, rest assured the band will benefit handsomely as they are their own label putting their own music out, as well as many other fantastic acts thus far in the Guruguru Brain series.
Stream the new singles off, “House in the Tall Grass” and watch Kikagaku Moyo at Dunajam 2015 below.
Ltd 500 Coloured Vinyl with Guruguru Brain's special made Japanese obi.
Only 300/500 available here.
"Coloured Vinyl is only available here or at Kikagaku Moyo's gig. "
Includes digital pre-order of House in the Tall Grass. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
shipping out on or around 13 May 2016
edition of 300
Kikagaku Moyo started in the summer of 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo.
Though the band started as a free music collective, it quickly evolved into a tight group of multi-instrumentalists.
Kikagaku Moyo call their sound psychedelic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence.
Their music incorporates elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, Traditional Folk, and 70s Rock.
Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present.
Improvisation is a key element to their sound.
Like a long journey this record unfolds itself through many layers.
Fans of Kikagaku Moyo will be comforted by the soft vocals harmonies and warm Sitar but what sets this release apart is the refinement of the band‚Äôs songwriting and their delicate execution.
Side A begins with a pair of traveling songs where the interplay between the vocals, guitar, and sitar lift and suspend you on an unexpected journey.
The patient listener is rewarded by tracks like ‚ÄúTrad‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúSilver Owl‚ÄĚ that demonstrate the masterful balance the band has between soft and loud; chaos and order, or being both cold and tender at the same time.
‚ÄúHouse in the Tall Grass‚ÄĚ takes the listener by the hand on a comfortable quest through destinations both familiar and unknown.
It is a natural step forward for the band and perhaps the most refined example of their style to date.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive