Kikagaku Moyo have announced details of a new album and shared the first track.
The band’s fourth LP, Masana Temples, finds the whole band relocated from Japan to Europe and will be released in the throes of a world tour on October 5th via their DIY record label, Guruguru Brain.
Now, the band give a first glimpse of the record with the psychedelic expedition, ‘Gatherings’ – six minutes and forty seconds encapsulating the sense of journeying and of spiritual connection that underpins this striking new album. “Gatherings is the oldest song on this record” explains vocalist and drummer Go Kurosawa. “With this song, we’re expressing our journey in the world. We’ve gathered everyone in the band’s ideas in this song along with the ideas and influences of the places we’ve visited throughout our travels.”
The shifting dimensions of Masana Temples, the fourth album from psychedelic explorers Kikagaku Moyo, are informed by various experiences the band had with travelling 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 travelling 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’ tracklist:
2. Dripping Sun
3. Nazo Nazo
4. Fluffy Kosmisch
7. Orange Peel
10. Blanket Song