Kikagaku Moyo – Dawn

• “Dawn” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to kXipu.

9.0 “Classic Alternative Rock from Japan”

Closing track on their album “Kikagaku Moyo” first released in May, 2013. (FYI “Kikagaku Moyo” translates precisely as “Geometric Patterns”)

I love this, it gives you a Smashing-Pumpkins-like pounding whilst you drift away on some sort of indian raga trip, as cool as a hawk in the wind.

At the time they lined up: Go Kurosawa (vocals, drums), Tomo Katsurada (vocals, guitar), Kotsu Guy (bass), Daoud Popal (guitar), Ryu Kurosawa (sitar) and Angie Gotopo (theremin, voice). Angie has since left the group, and the other’s continue to go from strength to strength as a quintet.

The press release had this to say:

Kikagaku Moyo started in the summer of 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo. Though the band started as a free music-collective, it quickly evolved into a tight group of multi-instrumentalists. Kikagaku Moyo call their sound psychedelicic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence. Their music incorporates elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, Traditional Folk, and 70s Rock. Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Improvisation is a key element to their sound.

Kikagaku Moyo’s debut album exerts an elemental power. Enlivening their sound with sitars, percussive drums, theremins, wind instruments and ethereal vocals, the band manages to sound powerfully spacious and lazily serene all at once. Their songs can be light as air, or heavy as earth. Many evolve out of intense experiences of engagement with the natural world.

From interviews they seem like a colourful and likeable bunch, not at all as gloomy as their music might suggest. These days they’re based in Amsterdam, as they continue to reach out and connect on a global basis.

They’re touring Europe in May and June; I reckon they’d be well worth going to see, watch out for them!

Get it at Bandcamp.


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