Entrance is a beautiful opener. Nana literally has a sitar solo at the end which is insane... Nothing more needs to be said. Majupose has a sick bassline and it's in 7/4 which is cool, and Dripping Sun is a sonic experience that speeds up and down through multiple time signatures. This album is definitely the chillest thing they've released so far. Also the first vinyl I've bought on Bandcamp :)
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.
Kikagaku Moyo started in the summer of 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo.
Though the band started as a free musiccollective, it quickly evolved into a tight group of multi-instrumentalists.
Kikagaku Moyo call their sound psychedelicic 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.
released October 5, 2018
Produced by Bruno Pernadas.
Mixed and Mastered by Tiago De Sousa.
Recorded at Valentim de Carvalho studio in Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018.
Artwork by Phannapast Taychamaythakool
Track 1 written by Ryu
Track 2, 6, 7, 10 written by Go
Track 4 written by Tomo
Track 8 written by Go, Kotsuguy
Track 3, 5 written by Go, Kotsuguy, Tomo
Track 9 written by Kikagaku Moyo
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The most traditional psych-rock project these guys have made. They stick to the classic formula but adding their own twists and turns to each song. Kodama is the absolute stand-out for me and is genuinely my favorite Kikagaku Moyo song of all time and not gonna lie, the 2021 reissue gold vinyl looks so cool!
PLAY THIS SHIT AT A PARTY AND GO CRAZY!!! naakz
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Simply one of my favorite albums in contemporary music. Every single track sets a different mood, and they're all quite dreamy. If you can, I highly recommend seeing these guys live as well. It's quite the experience. jaylecavalier