Kikagaku Moyo – New Music
The band Kikagaku Moyo (translation: “geometric patterns”) was formed in Tokyo in the Summer of 2012 by Go Kurosawa and Tomo Katsurada. The band released their first self-titled album in 2013 on Cosmic Eye Records/Sound Effect Records before touring Australia with the native Aussie band Dreamtime. Their second LP Forest of Lost Children was released in May 2014 by Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records. Their album House in the Tall Grass, recorded between October and December of 2015 at Tsubame Studio (where it was mixed, mastered, and produced by Yui Kimijima) is set to be released on May 13th, 2016 with Guruguru Brain.
Tomo Katsurada states that “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.”
Tomo also describes the inspiration for the 2nd track on the album: “I came up with the melody and rhythm of Kogarashi when I was about to fall asleep at the park. I remember I was surrounded by the many-colored dead leaves and felt warm when I woke up. But all of the sudden, Kogarashi (the Autumn wind) blew all of the leaves away. It was a beautiful and psychedelic Autumn moment.”