Kikagaku Moyo Soul have learned all the lessons of the Japanese krautrock bands and the 70’s psych-rock bands, while also accommodating the sitar of Indian classical tradition. The results are a beautiful heady brew of inventive psychadelia, with its textures all soft and fuzzy around the edges. House In The Tall Grass is out on Japan’s Guruguru Brain label.
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Hello it’s me psych rock. I just came to borrow some sugar. Hey it’s me psych rock again. Can I use your wifi? Hey! Me again. Do you have any tupperware going spare? I cooked a lot of stuff and oh woah woah woah wah wah wah I want to freeze it. Hi it’s me, psych rock. I’m moving out but don’t worry -- my pal, also named psych rock, is taking my room. Psych! I’m not going anywhere.
Continuing what is now surely a tradition of psych rock’s continued existence, Japanese outfit Kikagaku Moyo call themselves psych rockers because they make repetitive grooves, have a stern rhythm section and let everything else trip and cascade. ‘House In The Tall Grass’ is covering a more pastoral beat, occasionally swapping out its ever-delaying, ever-pretty guitar noodling for shaken percussion and watery folk strums that recall Animal Collective or, in those curiously lush moments, Korean singer Kim Doo Soo. Though things get more meandering in these beatless ballads, it complements the record, breaking it up into a myriad of sounds the band are trying to make sound lovely.
On “Melted Crystal”, the band let a slow-burning guitar duel dominate proceedings, drums brushing and shimmering quite politely, like someone diligently taking minutes in the corner of the room. At points the thing feels closer to ambient guitar psychedelia than its rock band counterpart -- if they could twiddle their thumbs like they do on the first half of “Silver Owl”, I’d happily rename them Loren Connors Blues Rock Experience. But alas, they freak out eventually. At least they build to, it though. Now that I think about it… this record is bliss.
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