Kikagaku Moyo Masana Temples

Kikagaku Moyo’s latest release from their record label Guru Guru Brain, Masana Temples released date Oct. 4th 2018. This 5th album (4th Full length) from this incredible Japanese group is taking the world by storm with its skill in improvisation and bold diverse neopsychedelic song writing.

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Kikagaku Moyo’s music glides through rich and varied vistas in a way no one else can replicate. They ride the waves of dynamic like a surfer feeling the push and pull of the tide until they can sail high and free skimming the liquid waves of nature. The feeling of spacious freedom prevails with a rich sub level of mysterious surrealism which bubbles up to the surface again and again.    

The guitar work is diverse and exciting! The two guitars players merge as one mind with interlocking riffs inspired by cosmic space rock, folk, 70’s wah explosions, and shoe gaze dreamscapes.

The rhythm section is tight and expressive. The bass is deep and danceable tapping into electronic and kosmisch tonal pallets throughout the album. The drummer is dynamic and nuanced. The drum and bass are intimately linked to create a driving groove that sets the tempo for neopsychedelia to come.

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The album opens with ‘Entrance’ a vigorous electric sitar raga opening the portals to some wonderful musical adventure. Indeed, this album is a journey through pathways both ancient and contemporary.

‘Gatherings’ is the first single from Masana Temple and shows off all the best elements of the album in one track. The song has soft vocals, tight luscious rhythms, clean and fuzzy guitars. The transitions are masterful and natural yet unpredictable like the labyrinth of consciousness these songs emerged from. Once the amps heat up Kikagaku Moyo takes the listener into outer space with the most climatic leads and driving energy.

Kikagaku Moyo Masana Temples is a great album featuring the next evolution of sound.

Retracing and redefining all the compositional elements past to create a new album which goes beyond. They struck a balance between the softer shoe gaze / psych folk sounds and energetic experimental rock. Inspired by their long and continuous world traveling (touring) the album has a global feel that rests firmly on their Japanese identity.

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Kikagaku Moyo – MASANA TEMPLES

1. Entrance

2. Dripping Sun

3. Nazo Nazo

4. Fluffy Kosmisch

5. Majupose

6. Nana

7. Orange Peel

8. Amayadori

9. Gatherings

10. Blanket Song

releases 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

Article by: Temple Rose