This May the psychedelic rock band Kikagaku Moyo will be in Europe again starting their tour in Berlin.
Kikagaku Moyo in Japanese means “geometric patterns”. The band was founded in the summer of 2012 by Go Kurosawa and Tomo Katsurada. Their first self-titled EP was released in September 2013 on Cosmic Eye Records / Sound Effect Records.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=699766602 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Mixing elements of folk, psych and krautrock, Kikagaku Moyo released their debut album in 2013, then released a cassette and made their way west to play Austin Psych Fest in 2014. The band’s new album, House in the Tall Grass, will be out May 13 and the first single has been the pastoral and quite lovely “Kogarashi” which guitarist/vocalist Tomo told us about: “I came up with the melody and rhythm of Kogarashi, when I was about to fall asleep at the park. It was a nice warm day in the Autumn to get stoned and pass out in the park. I remember I was surrounded by the many-colored dead leaves and felt warm when I woke up. But all of the sudden, Kogarashi (the Autumn wind) blew all of the leaves away. It was a beautiful and psychedelic Autumn moment.”
To anyone who has heard the music of Kikagaku Moyo, it should come as no surprise that the band’s origins lie in hours upon hours of late-night jamming, illuminated by nothing more than the geometric patterns playing behind the band’s eyelids, resulting in a natural, free-floating sound, as of-the-earth as it is intergalactic. It may be surprising that the band sharpened their improvisational skills by busking on the streets of their native Tokyo. It may be surprising that the band’s overall sound may owe as much or more to the Incredible String Band as it does to Acid Mother’s Temple.
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Kikagaku Moyo + Tau
Friday 20th May 2016 | Start 20:00
Kantine am Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain