Kikagaku Moyo have shared a third and final track ahead of the release of their forthcoming album ‘Masana Temples’, which is due for release on October 5th via the band’s DIY record label, Guruguru Brain.
Following the psychedelic expeditions “Gatherings” and “Dripping Sun“, “Nazo Nazo” shows the record’s more delicate and contemplative side. It comes amidst extensive tours that have already taken in US dates and an Asian run. The band will now return to the US for a West Coast run, including Desert Daze festival, before heading back to Europe and taking in headline shows at Manchester Gorilla on November 7th and London’s Scala on November 8th.
“Nazo Nazo” means riddle in Japanese, though the word “nazo” alone means question or mystery. It’s the band’s first ever track with lyrics opposed to vocal sounds and has been brought to life by London-based film-maker Elliot Arndt. Kikagaku Moyo drummer & vocalist Go Kurosawa explains their decision to work with him, saying: “We really liked his band Vanishing Twins and always watched their videos. We contacted him earlier last year. This is the first song of ours which has Japanese lyrics – Tomo (vocals/guitar) made the melodies whilst I was seeking different vocal sounds. The melody reminded me an old Japanese folklore song and I thought Japanese might fit better than our gibberish sounds. Elliot asked me to translate so I sent him very strange translation, which made no sense, but somehow it made sense for him and he made the video. We were surprised how he used colour and how beautiful it is.”
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.
‘Masana Temples’ is available to pre-order on Bandcamp here. Kikagaku Moyo tour Europe in November – details below. ‘Masana Temples’ track list: 1. Entrance 2. Dripping Sun (Bandcamp) 3. Nazo Nazo (YouTube) 4. Fluffy Kosmisch 5. Majupose 6. Nana 7. Orange Peel 8. Amayadori 9. Gatherings (Bandcamp) 10. Blanket Song
Kikagaku Moyo US tour dates: 09.28.18 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall 09.29.18 – Chicago, IL @ Revolution Oktoberfest 09.30.18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet 10.03.18 – Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW Post 209 10.04.18 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett 10.05.18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s 10.06.18 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial 10.07.18 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 10.09.18 – Davis, CA @ Veterans Memorial Theatre 10.10.18 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club 10.11.18 – Felton, CA @ Flynn’s Cabaret 10.12 & 10.13 – Lake Perris, CA @ Desert Daze 10.14.18 – Tucson, AZ @ Cans Deli 10.16.18 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda 10.17.18 – Dallas, TX @ Regal Room 10.18.18 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa 10.19.18 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt 10.20.18 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight 10.21.18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom 10.23.18 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat – Backstage 10.24.18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 10.25.18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts 10.26.18 – Burlington, VT @ Artsriot 10.27.18 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa 10.28.18 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Kikagaku Moyo European tour dates: Nov 07 Manchester, UK – Gorilla Nov 08 London, UK – Scala Nov 09 Paris, FR – Petit Bain Nov 10 Utrecht, NI – Le Guess Who? Nov 12 Cologne, DE – Gebäude 9 Nov 13 Berlin, DE – Lido Nov 14 Krakow, PL – Something Must Break Nov 15 Prague, CZ – Futurum Nov 16 Leipzig, DE – Transcentury Update Nov 17 Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn Nov 18 Ravenna, IT – Bronson Hanna Bi Nov 19 Vienna, AT – Arena Nov 21 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen Nov 22 Malmö, SE – Plan B Nov 23 Stockholm, SE – Fasching Nov 24 Oslo, NO – Bla Nov 25 Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik Nov 26 Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang Nov 27 Brussels, BE – Ab Nov 28 Lyon, FR – Jack Jack Nov 29 Bordeaux, FR – Iboat Nov 30 Barcelona, ES – Upload Dec 01 Madrid, ES – Caracol Dec 02 Porto, PT Dec 03 Lisbon, PT – ZDB Dec 07 Athens, GR – Fuzzclub Dec 08 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso / Indiestad Night
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