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Kikagaku Moyo

Masana Temples - Repress

    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.

    The shifting dimensions of Masana Temples, fourth album from psychedelic explorers Kikagaku Moyo,are informed by various experiences the band had with traveling through life together, ranging from the months spent on tour to making a pilgrimage to Lisbon to record the album with jazz musician Bruno Pernadas. The band sought out Pernadas both out of admiration for his music and in an intentional move to work with a producer who came from a wildly different background. With Masana Temples, the band wanted to challenge their own concepts of what psychedelic music could be. Elements of both the attentive folk and wild-eyed rocking sides of the band are still intact throughout, but they’re sharper and more defined.

    More than the literal interpretation of being on a journey, the album’s always changing sonic panorama reflects the spiritual connection of the band moving through this all together. Life for a traveling band is a series of constant metamorphoses, with languages, cultures, climates and vibes changing with each new town. The only constant for Kikagaku Moyo throughout their travels were the five band members always together moving through it all, but each of them taking everything in from very different perspectives. Inspecting the harmonies and disparities between these perspectives, the group reflects the emotional impact of their nomadic paths. The music is the product of time spent in motion and all of the bending mindsets that come with it.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Entrance
    2. Dripping Sun
    3. Nazo Nazo
    4. Fluffy Kosmisch
    5. Nana
    6. Nana
    7. Orange Peel
    8. Amayadori
    9. Gatherings
    10. Blanket Song

    Kikagaku Moyo

    House In The Tall Grass - Reissue

      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 vocal harmonies and warm Sitar but what sets this release apart is the refinement of the band’s 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 “Trad” and “Silver Owl” 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. “House in the Tall Grass” 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.

      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 calls their sound psychedelic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence.


      TRACK LISTING

      Green Sugar
      Kogarashi
      Old Snow
      White Sun
      Melted Crystal
      Dune
      Silver Owl
      Fata Morgana
      Trad
      Cardigan Song

      Scattered Purgatory

      Lost Ethnography Of The Miscanthus Ocean

        Formed in Taipei, Taiwan in 2013 and comprised of members Lu Li-Yang and Lu Jiachi, Scattered Purgatory is a name derived from a Taoist ritual which expiates the souls of the innocent from a state in between life and death and then at last, release.

        They owe as much to krautrock influences Popol Vuh and Cluster as to SPK, Taj Mahal Travellers and Sunn O))).

        Taipei, the basin city of dense population and humidity, has immeasurably inspired their music. If an analogy were used to describe the duo’s sound it would be the equivalent of the massive use of long shots in Taiwan’s 1980s wave of new cinema. Scattered Purgatory employs a similar approach with an oriental narration, geographically and spiritually.

        “Lost Ethnography of the Miscanthus Ocean” contains six of their earlier works from 2013 to early 2014.

        The original release was on cassette from Guruguru Brain which was sold out in less than a month. There is a new added track on Side D2. 'Miscanthus Ocean' only for the LP version.

        The album is dedicated to Grass Mountain and the incredibly hot, humid summertime in Taipei. This is also the echo of their instrumental trio period before they move on to digital composing.

        “Forged from the same clouded waters that sprang Popul Vuh, Ash Ra Temple and Cluster. The album works with atmosphere as its medium, building tension through a massive cavern of sound that feels as if its sprung up slowly on all sides. The listener is trapped in glacial ice and moved with an inching dread towards fates unknown “ Raven Sings The Blues review of Sua-Hiam-Zun.



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