The new wave of Psychedelia-influenced indie rock continues, with Japanese band Kikagaku Moyo , who were formed in Tokyo in 2012 by Go Kurosawa and Tomo Katsuvada, a more layered, intense proposition than the verse/chorus songs by the likes of Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
This new album leans more towards the uncanny, as with eerie soundtracks like Magnet/Paul Giovanni’s The Wicker Man and the kind of thing that gives esoteric retro record collector and label boss Jonny Trunk a boner. It’s harder to pin down, unyielding, but absolutely lovely. No mere copyists, this stuff is steeped in traditional Psych and Folk, without ever feeling pastiche-like.
Kogarashi is Simon and Garfunkel at their most elegiac, melting into the Krautrock of Can in quieter mode, soft country with a sense of layering unease, and Green Sugar’ s woozy guitars are utterly hypnotic. It’s the blissed-out vibes that would turn the band into a headliner, were they not so out-of-step.
Dune is a bit more rock-oriented, but Silver Owl is a waltz, underpinned by honey-dripping acoustic guitar and sitar motifs. And the wonderfully-titled Cardigan Song is a nod to the idyll of Nick Drake’s incredibly gorgeous guitar picking.
It would be churlish to suggest this could be enhanced by soft drugs (many pieces of music can, if it take your fancy) but the sound is highly addictive- a glorious album for long summer nights- if we ever get a summer….
Out on 13th of May via Guruguru Brain.
A UK tour follows late Summer.