Kikagaku Moyo, a band who grew out of a busking troupe, produced Stone Garden out of a heavy multiple-day jam in Prague. After the mammoth session, the band took the half-formed songs that had emerged and refined them into finished articles. Stone Garden is an energised blur of krautrock, psychedelia, folk, Indian classical… Fundamentally, it sounds like a band adventuring. LP on Guruguru Brain.
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Rumour has it that psychedelic stormlords Kikagaku Moyo got their start busking on their Tokyo streets, which is a very fun prospect: a band this noisy and gnarly, this twisty and twirly, hanging out by shopping precincts and driving oddball solos into the ears of passing pedestrians. It sounds like a somewhat nice idea for psych rock, truth be told -- hear ten seconds of the solo up close and personal and then listen to it wahing away from you. A perfect meander.
Meander crew Moyo are one of our favourites, creating a kind of psychedelic noise that is always involving, be it through patchworks of melody or a full-bodied coat of noise that simply makes you part of the viscera. ‘Stone Island’ starts with the latter, a massive, unstoppable performance of rapidly broken solos and dissonance that asserts the band in absolutely zero uncertain terms. It carries into a folksy ceremony in “Nobakitani”, where their wandering sound is given some space to breathe through acoustic rustling and a sitar solo -- here, we hear the same journeying in a parallel universe of timbres.
With their ambling and often slow-burning sound, you wouldn’t expect this crew to be suited to the EP format, but they make light work of it here, offering us a few good strands of their sound, be it untenable noise, twanging groove hypnosis (the excellent “In a Coil”) or cascading psychedelic experiment. They leave you feeling like your ears haven’t had a holiday in quite a while.
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