Nestled in the heart of Elephant and Castle, Corsica Studios has an intimacy to it that is incomparable to many other London venues. As guests trickled in, there was a sense of anticipation for what was about to come.
Kikagaku Moyo (translated to geometric shapes) have been making their mark in the psychedelic rock scene, for their warm-up performance ahead of Greenman, they brought something magic. The Tokyo-based 5 piece were seen chatting to attendees shortly before taking to stage. Dressed like 70s rockstars, guitarist and founding member Tomo Katsurada was reminiscent of Jim Morrison, as he softly harmonised with Go Kurosawa for the acoustic opening section, starting off with the effervescent Green Sugar then drifting into Kogarashi.
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Though they experienced a few technical difficulties to start, the second that they switched around with Go taking to the drum set and Daoud taking centre stage, their performance took off. Throwing their audience into a series of mystical and ambitious soundscapes, each song brought something new. It was also fascinating to watch the band communicate with each other, they seemed incredibly in tune to one another, with an almost unspoken bond, which just made the whole production seem so much more polished and prepared ahead of one of their biggest shows yet.
Playing their unique style of dreamy psychedelia, they became mesmerizing as they began the chords for smoke and mirrors, with Daoud’s guitar becoming another member of the band entirely. They skipped into a key change and quickly picked up the pace, triggering a chain reaction across the audience. Another favourite was an entrancing rendition of Kodama, with Kotsu Guy’s bassline as a driving force and Ryu’s sitar adding a natural mystic.
Overall, the evening felt intimate, carefully crafted and undoubtedly cool. Bringing their old school psychedelic seventies flavour to the streets of South London, the band have a style that is just their own. With Greenman calling, and the whole world in front of them, there are bright times ahead for these kaleidoscopic rockers.