Aural Scenery: Kikagaku Moyo – “Melted Crystal”

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Kikagaku Moyo

“Melted Crystal”

House of Tall Grasses

I love the radically different, and that is what you get with Kikagaku Moyo.  A beautiful, heady ride through various scenes in one’s mind is how I describe their music.  Kikagaku Moyo is comprised of:  Vocal/Guitar: Tomo Katsurada; Guitar: Daoud Popal; Sitar: Ryu Kurosawa; Bass: Kotsuguy; and Drum/Vocal: Go Kurosawa.  Tomo writes about the band:

“We wanted to make a record which would bring scenic images to the listeners. The idea came to my mind when I took a trip to the north of Japan. It was very cold outside, but the place I stayed was warm. I was amazed by how quiet it was outside with the snow absorbing all sound. It felt like I was covering my ears with my hands or I was under the sea. We wanted this to be a conceptual album, not a compilation of discrete tracks. I had been listening to two film soundtracks, one written by Bruce Langhorne for a western movie called The Hired Hand, the other, Ry Cooder’s soundtrack for Paris, Texas. I was deeply inspired by these records, and both created the kind of intense scenic images I was interested in.”

In my book, Kikagaku Moyo makes the perfect soundtrack for reading Haruki Murakami’s “A Wild Sheep Chase”, my favorite book.  I just really love this band.  They are to Japan what Yann Tiersen is to Brittany; the greatest tour guides ever.  Please listen to this band.  They are that exceptional.

Upcoming EU Dates
05.25 – Cube – Bristol, UK
05.26 – Fields Brewhouse – London, UK
05.27 – Star and Garter – Manchester, UK
05.28 – Nice’nSleazys – Glasgow, Scotland
05.29 – Karma Fest – Leeds, UK
05.30 – Bleach – Brighton UK
06.23 – Issey Miyake – Paris Fashion Week

 
Tracklisting
01. Green Sugar
02. Kogarashi
03. Old Snow, White Sun
04. Melted Crystal
05. Dune
06. Silver Owl
07. Fata Morgana
08. Trad
09. Cardigan SongAlbum Credits
Track A1, A3, B1, B2, B3 written by Go
Track A2 written by Tomo
Track A4 written by Kotsu Guy
Track A5, B4 written by Go & Tomo
All songs arranged by Kikagaku Moyo

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