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Kikagaku Moyo, Forest of Lost Children (Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records)




Kikagaku Moyo, Forest of Lost Children (Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records)
CD Reviews: June 11, 2015

06/11/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Kikagaku Moyo, Forest of Lost Children (Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records)

This Tokyo-based psych-rock curiosity has been building a small head of steam over the past year. Just now going into its third pressing by the Beyond indie, it’s a bit short for what one would normally consider a full album, but the rub there is that the vinyl version is 45 RPM, so wax-heads are more than forgiving — hopefully this is part of a trend and not an anomaly. The tuneage itself is, as advertised, psychedelic rock, but this power quintet takes that term more literally than what you might have gotten used to during the Tee Pee records reign of the early Aughts and such — this is as pure and organic as a 1960s Hendrix session. Like Brian Jonestown Massacre after a lot of music lessons, it moves from lo-fi prog-jamming (“Smoke and Mirrors,” “Hem”) to freak-anthemic world-rock (“Streets of Calcutta”) while maintaining a rare wide-eyed honesty, the whiny stun guitars pinching and straining in a 1960s manner. Add to that the fact that they’re playing gigs like the Austin Psych Fest and it can’t be denied that they’re a prime mover candidate for whatever the hell is coming next in indie rock. AEric W. Saeger

 






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