‘Forest Of The Lost Children’ – Kikagaku Moyo’
Now, I really like to find new music, as there are so many wonderful creative musicians out there producing such good inventive stuff. Well, I’ve found the band called Kikagaku Moyo, from Tokyo, who are completely new to me, not just the music, actually the name too. So, I had to get myself the chance listen to their unique sound, then share my experience with you. A Japanese Psychedelic rock band they are indeed, and after hearing them on repeated playings, I think I now know what they’re about – they are a true rock band for the 21st century. As you’ll read, the music was a little strange to my ears at first, but to be honest, we all know that that can be the case with much new music when we first hear it. So not perturbed at all, I proceed to re-listen, and again. You know what its like, you start to hear/see what a musicians about as the tracks feel familiar, and you can get your round them, and inside the secrets hidden at first. Well, this is their second recording, the first one being titled ‘Kikagaku Moyo’, and is released on the uniquely titled Beyond, Beyond is Beyond record label. So, if you get a copy of it what can you expect I hear you say. Lots’ of full on rock, with an unusual tonal language going on, with everything from electric sitar sound, through vocal harmonies of country rockers C,S,N and Y, mixed in with heavy guitars, strange sound effects, and everything in between. Right, I’ll get on with this now, please read, then give them a listen, i think you’ll be surprised at what you hear – it’s totally different!!
The first track on the album is laid back in such a way that it feels like we’ve just walked into a rehearsal, rather listening to the finished track. With multi instrumental acoustic sound, without vocals, we enter a strange place indeed.
Starting with a real catchy guitar riff, which is soon joined by bass, and the rest of the players. The lead vocal is hauntingly beautiful, in a strange, mysterious way, and the backing vocal harmonies are remenicent of Crosby, Stills, nash and Young! This some how produces a repetitive, but slightly hypnotic feel, with added to this an electric guitar/sitar soloing around the piece, making for a pretty set of sounds.
“Smoke And Mirrors”
Nice little, and clean guitar licks here, with the bass and drums adding an uneasy rhythmic feel, but with the keyboards bringing their own bit to a series of slightly disturbing sounds, before a real prog rock section enters properly. Then, quite un-expectantly, we arrive at a slow expressive middle bit, then, with slightly chaotic tonal sound brining us to a close, but then we get a reprise of the very beginning clean guitar licks. Phew, hat was interesting!
“Streets Of Calcutta”
Throbbing, powerful start to another instrumental track, before the rest of the band join, interspersed with electric sitar sounds again, and a vocal expression – speaking out/chanting this time unervingly. The whole track stays at the same pace throughout, leaving us a little exhausted at the end – but maybe in a good way.
Heavy rock and the full on band, giving us great repetitive rhythm, loud vocal declarations, over powerful drums and bass line, while we get the strong, and relentless lead, and rhythm guitars ringing throughout our heads.
Strangely, we start this track with birdsong sounds, before the band surprises us somewhat by this being an acoustic track, but showing how adventurous the band are. This being the first time, we feel slightly in a chilled zone. Creating space between the instruments, allows us to relax, clear our minds, and just, well, listen to an hypnotic beautiful sound. In the middle section of the music, we head into the eastern, almost hippy sound, with the addition of vocals, with bass playing a cool pattern, and the sitar sounds…..aaaaah, yes, and I’m relaxed.
Now, what do I say, that was an extraordinary journey into a completely new world of tones for me. Although, as i mentioned there were times, and other musical references I could, sort of recognize. This I would like to hear more of, so will listen again, and maybe again. So, if you like music in a genre with which you’re not sure of, well give this recording a go. As musicians and music lovers, we owe to open our ears to anything and everything, just so we can get a good experience of all the wonderful new sounds that are out there in the world!