Kikagaku Moyo plays Central Park Summerstage on June 20th, with Khruangbin and Connan Mockasin, as part of their summer 2019 East Coast tour!

Japan's Kikagaku Moyo will be touring the East Coast this June, in support of their incredible full length album, Masana Temples

Fans in New York can catch them live at
Central Park Summerstage on June 20th,
Khruangbin and Connan Mockasin!

Out now on Guruguru Brain, buy the album on Bandcamp and don't miss the Elliot Arndt-directed video for "Nazo Nazo":

Tour Dates:
06.14.19 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s
06.15.19 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
06.18.19 – Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
06.19.19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
06.20.19 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage w/ Khruangbin
and Connan Mockasin
06.21.19 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre w/ Khruangbin
06.22.19 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre w/ Khruangbin
06.24.19 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
06.25.19 – Greenfield, MA @ Hawks & Reed

Praise for Masana Temples!

“Rumbling hard-edged rock and acid folk are dipped into motorik rhythms and sitar drone, developed through the band's five-year discography and extensive tours in America and Europe.” NPR

“A psychedelic project of the highest order, Masana Temples is released on Amsterdam’s Guruguru Brain label and represents the most complete collection of the journey that the five-piece band has been on since their first release in 2013.” Paste

“Kikagaku Moyo might not be a big name in the states just yet, but if they keep releasing sweet fuzzy tunes (like their latest single “Gatherings”) and dressing with this level of bravado, expect to see a lot more of these guys in the future.” GQ

“Combining elements of krautrock, Indian ragas, and acid folk, listening to Kikagaku Moyo’s music is an escape into another world entirely.” Ones To Watch

“You’ll find less meandering jamming than on 2016’s House In The Tall Grass and more focused, flinty grooves.” Uncut

“Though the music on Masana Temples is influenced by the band’s experiences living and traveling together, it also suggests other worlds by nature of its expansive psych-rock.” Stereogum

“The ease with which these tracks can be entered leaves one wondering whether this utopian vision — for all its gestures at peace — could be closer to us than we thought.” Exclaim

“…a psychedelic, abstract, art-house masterpiece.” What Youth

“From woozy, waltz-time charmers to solemnly pastoral-folky to incendiary freak-outs, Kikagaku Moyo find manifold ways to trick your brain into believing in paradise.” The Stranger

“…the group’s most focused batch of songs to date, combining folk, jazzy sunshine pop, groovy krautrock, noisy wig-outs and more.” Brooklyn Vegan

“If somehow you’ve missed out on the band up ’til now, this is the perfect moment to come on board.“ Raven Sings The Blues
“Masana” is a fictional word created by Kikagaku Moyo to express a Utopian feeling; an existence where everything can interact harmoniously and offer inspiration and understanding. Their fourth album Masana Temples radiates this vision, architecting a vibrating world that isn’t confined to the known limits of what came before it.
Kikagaku Moyo progressed from early days in Tokyo’s experimental scene to traveling the world with their mind-bending sounds, exploring different facets of psychedelia on each new release and blowing minds with a live show that was just as searching as their records. The shifting dimensions of Masana Temples are informed by various experiences the band had with traveling through life together, ranging from the months spent on tour to making a pilgrimage to Lisbon to record the album with jazz musician Bruno Pernadas. The songs came together in the wake of the band breaking up the communal house most of them had shared in Tokyo, with some members relocating to Amsterdam, and others moving to different parts of Japan. Transitioning from being based in the scene they had roots in to scattering around various locales made for an even more enhanced understanding of how mystically connected the sum of their parts were when the band reunited to record new material. The music is the product of time spent in motion and all of the bending mindsets that come with it.
The band sought out Pernadas both out of admiration for his music and in an intentional move to work with a producer who came from a wildly different background. With Masana Temples, the band wanted to challenge their own concepts of what psychedelic music could be. Elements of both the attentive folk and wild-eyed rocking sides of the band are still intact throughout Masana Temples, but they’re sharper and more defined. Without sacrificing any of their experimental impulses, songs are more composed and cohesive. Pernadas’ bright production meets with nearly telepathically locked-in performances, on both lazy cloud-like jaunts like “Nazo Nazo” or fuzzed-out expeditions like lead single “Gatherings”. Drummer/vocalist Go Kurosawa, guitarist/vocalist Tomo Katsurada, bassist Kotsuguy, sitar and keyboard player Ryu Kurosawa and guitarist Daoud Popal Akira act as a unit, with an intuitive attention to space and dynamics that could only come from years of playing together in every imaginable setting.
More than the literal interpretation of being on a journey, the album’s always changing sonic panorama reflects the spiritual connection of the band moving through this all together. Life for a traveling band is a series of constant metamorphoses, with languages, cultures, climates and vibes changing with each new town. The only constant for Kikagaku Moyo throughout their travels were the five band members always together moving through it all, but each of them taking everything in from very different perspectives. Inspecting the harmonies and disparities between these perspectives, the group reflects the emotional impact of their nomadic paths.
Coming together in a way more deliberate than the beautifully floating improvisations of their Stone Garden EP or the sometimes hushed dreamstate of 2016 album House In The Tall GrassMasana Temples is focused and clear in its vision in a way that feels unlike any of KikagakuMoyo’s earlier sounds.
Photo credit to Jamie Wdziekonski
1. Entrance
2. Dripping Sun
3. Nazo Nazo
4. Fluffy Kosmich
5. Majupose
6. Nana
7. Orange Peel
8. Amayadori
9. Gatherings
10. Blanket Song
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