Kikagaku Moyo

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Kikagaku Moyo
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Kikagaku Moyo at Casa Del Popolo in Montreal.
Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Psychedelic folk, psychedelic rock
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Website kikagakumoyo.tumblr.com
Members
  • Go Kurosawa
  • Tomo Katsurada
  • Daoud Popal
  • Ryu Kurosawa
  • Kotsu Guy

Kikagaku Moyo (Japanese: 幾何学模様, Hepburn: Kikagaku Moyō) are a Japanese psychedelic band from Tokyo. The band's name translates to "geometric patterns."[1]

History[edit]

The band was formed by Go Kurosawa (drums/vocals) and Tomo Katsurada (guitar/vocals) in the summer of 2012.[2] Their early days were spent busking on the streets of Tokyo as a free music collective. A more permanent lineup was reached when Daoud (guitar) joined and they met Kotsu Guy (bass) while he was recording vending machines for his noise project. Go's brother Ryu (Sitar) joined upon returning to Tokyo after studying Sitar in Kolkata, India under the prestigious Manilal Nag. Their Self-titled record was released on August 20, 2013 by Cosmic Eye/Sound Effect records based in Greece.[3]

Their second LP "Forest of Lost Children" was released on May 20, 2014 by Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records based in Brooklyn, New York.[4] They toured the U.S. in April 2014 in support of the record with appearances at Desert Daze[5] Austin Psych Fest[6] Due to high demand their S/T record was reissued on Cassette tape by Burger Records[7] and a new tape by the name of "Mammatus Clouds" was released on the eclectic Sky Lantern Records[8] in Tucson, Arizona. "Mammatus Clouds" was pressed onto 12" LP by both Cardinal Fuzz Records (UK) and Captcha Records (US) in June 2014. The band continued to tour throughout 2014 and made their first appearance in the UK that October selling out several shows in London.

In 2015 the band toured extensively through Europe with appearances at Eindhoven Psych Lab[9] and Duna Jam. Members of the band also started the record label Guruguru brain in 2015 to showcase the unique music scene in East Asia.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • Kikagaku Moyo (2013, Cosmic Eye/Sound effect)
  • Forest of Lost Children (2014, Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
  • House in the Tall Grass (2016, Guruguru Brain)
  • Masana Temples (2018, Guruguru Brain)

EPs

  • Mammatus Clouds (2014, Sky Lantern/Captcha/Cardinal Fuzz)
  • Stone Garden (2017, Guruguru Brain)

Singles

  • "Flujo y Reflujo" split with Kinski and Kawabata (2015, God Unknown)
  • "Spinning Wheel" split with Moon Duo (2015, Jean Sandwich)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breznikar, Klemen (2014-07-05). "It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine: Kikagaku Moyo interview with Go Kurosawa". It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  2. ^ "LEVITATION | Kikagaku Moyo Official APF 2014 Interview". levitation-austin.com. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  3. ^ Spacefreak (2013-07-07). "COSMIC EYE RECORDS: 幾何学模様". COSMIC EYE RECORDS. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  4. ^ Records, Beyond Beyond is Beyond. "Kikagaku Moyo - Forest of Lost Children". Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  5. ^ "Desert Daze | Desert Daze 2014". desertdaze.org. Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  6. ^ "LEVITATION | APF 2014". levitation-austin.com. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  7. ^ "幾何学模様 - Zo No Senaka". BURGER RECORDS. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  8. ^ "Mammatus Clouds, by Kikagaku Moyo". Sky Lantern Records. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  9. ^ "EINDHOVEN PSYCH LAB 2015 Lineup Announced". theobelisk.net. Retrieved 2016-04-27.