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Kikagaku Moyo - Tree Smoke


Arriving just in time to sooth any turbulence residing in the soul after a wicked weekend and mid winter Monday is a Far Out spiritual antidote, and like most beneficial medicine, it takes the form of music. Japanese rock outfit Kikagku Moyo are the acting healthcare providers this time as they blow a healing cloud of ‘Tree Smoke’ in our direction, just like the fabled Amazonian shamans of old.

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Although Tree Smoke features as our Track of the Day, I’d describe it as more of a story, a magical tale that that the song’s architect may have conjured in a moment of mystical epiphany or divine inspiration.  Saturated in the third eye prizing tones of sitar, Tree Smoke initially lingers like the name suggests, creating a false sense security that is duly broken down by a salvo of heavy chords almost reflecting the ebbs and flows of a hallucinogenic sojourn.

Kikagaku Moyo started out as a free music band with Go Kurosawa (drums/vocal) and Tomo Katsurada (guitar/vocal) in Tokyo in the summer of 2012 and will hopefully continue to express their other worldly artistry right into 2014 and beyond. Like L.A Witch, the group that took our weekend Track of the Day space, Kikagku Moyo are set to play the Desert Daze festival this summer and like I said at the end of the L.A Witch review, we can only hope they turn up in the UK soon.

Joshua Hevicon