Posts Tagged ‘Japanese Psych’

Kikagaku Moyo – “Silver Owl”

Second single from Kikagaku Moyo’s House In the Tall Grasses dips in with the same pastoral psych that led off on “Kogarashi” but as the band nears the culmination of the ten minute span they dive into a tempest of psychedelic fray and flay that shows the other side of thier temper. So far the cool puddles of cave psych that drip from this release are stacking up to be their best yet of a solid run of albums over the past few years. 2016 is shaping up to be a fine year for psychedelic stomp and smolder and nearing the top of that list there’s a spot knocked out for Kikagaku Moyo for sure.

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Kikagaku Moyo – “Kogarashi”

These guys caught my attention last year with a batch of reissues through Captcha and after a split single with Moon Duo they’re ramping up for a new Spring record, House In The Tall Grass for Tokyo psych label Guruguru Brain. The track, which translated means The Autumn Wind, is aptly named, with a kind of pastoral psych that recalls touches of The Zombies, The Apryl Fool and Pretty Things circa SF Sorrow. Shrouded in a veil of canyon echo the track burns with the last dying embers of firelight before sleep. The band have always had a knack for balancing a bit of fuzz burn with the lusher side of ’60s psychedelics adding up to songs that might not shred the skin but make for a slow burn in the long run, lending themselves to hidden gems with each new listen. It remains to be seen if the rest of House In The Tall Grass goes in for the fire or keeps it all as breezy as this but if they are keeping things mellow, this hints at a pretty phenomenal start.

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P.S.F. – Black Editions

News came down today that the vaunted P.S.F. catalog is getting a new home and some proper reissues. Anyone familiar with the Japanese psych/noise/experimental scene should be familiar with P.S.F.’s long shadow but for the uninitiated, the label was started by Hideo Ikeezumi in the ’80s in order to document music that he found interesting. Matters of genre weren’t necessarily important as long as the music was original and moving, and nothing more could ever be said of entrants into the label’s catalog.

The label’s dense catalog has been purchased by L.A. based Black Editions, run by Peter Kolovos. Along with the announcement comes news of the first batch of reissues for 2016: “definitive editions of Fushitsusha’s 2nd Live, the original version of High Rise II, the Tokyo Flashback compilation, Che Shizu’s A Journey and through special arrangement with the artist- Keiji Haino’s classic 1981 debut Watashi Dake?.” That High Rise album alone is worth the price of admission but for perspective other gems in the label’s catalog include White Heaven’s – Out, Acid Mothers’s Temple – S/T album and Mainliner’s – Imaginative Plain. Its the first time many of these will be available on vinyl and for many the first time outside of Japan at all. This comes as pretty exciting news, no doubt, to psych freaks everywhere.

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The Silence

Masaki Batoh’s post Ghost exhibits haven’t always hit on the same hallowed ground that the band prowled in its heyday. But with two releases in 2015 under The Silence moniker, he seems to be finding some footing that strikes closer to the heart. Its the second of these that’s really the sanctuary for those missing the mournful psychedelia that Ghost seemed to snatch out of the mists. Hark The Silence begins with a three part suite called Ancient Wind and the dirgey pace, wails of gong and wind sheared flute should all feel a bit familiar to those who’s ’90s collections held a few spots for Japanese psych among the grunge flooded fields. The suite is definitely the centerpiece and highlight of the album, a reminder of why Batoh has earned his place in a pantheon that’s rife with Eastern guitar slingers but there are some bright spots outside of the opening blows of Hark… as well. The band shines when they push past the ten minute mark, proving that the live incarnation is probably their true form, but at least finding a way to capture the storm to a fairly tangible form on tape. In part this feels like a true return and its nice to know that there will always be a home for squall wizards out there, but its also made me reach for the the familiar arms of Ghost’s catalog, proving that some legacies cast a long shadow that’s hard to shake.


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