Stream Kikagaku Moyo House In The Tall Grass (Stereogum Premiere)

Kikagaku Moyo is a Tokyo-based band that makes “feeling good music” with a psychedelic flair and a distantly upbeat demeanor. They’re quite good at what they do, not to mention incredibly prolific: Having put out their first album in 2013, House In The Tall Grass is the band’s fourth full-length in addition to a couple 7″ splits with the likes of Kinski and Moon Duo.

A ’60s psych throwback, this album utilizes a poignant balance of folk, pop, and jam-band influences, adapting them to fit within the context of modern music. That M.O. materializes in the form of classic, crunchy guitar tones, a sitar, and quiet acoustic interludes, all coming together through a thick layer of reverb. Adding some Tame Impala-meets-Junip vocals to the mix, Kikagaku Moyo create a work that can be likened to the Shins just as easily as it can to throwback acts like Les Rallizes Dénudés. Stream House in the Tall Grass below.

Kikagaku Moyo have a bunch of European tour dates coming up:

05/20 BERLIN, DE @ KANTINE BERGHAIN
05/21 AARHUS, DK @ POP REVO
05/23 AMSTERDAM, NL @ OCCII
05/24 BRUSSELS, BE @ MAGASIN 4
05/25 BRISTOL, UK @ THE CUBE
05/26 LONDON, UK @ LONDON FIELDS BREWERY
05/27 MANCHESTER, UK @ THE STAR AND GARTER
05/28 GLASGOW, UK @ NICE N SLEAZY
05/29 LEEDS, UK @ KARMA FEST
05/30 BRIGHTON, UK @ BLEACH
05/31 ROTTERDAM, NL @ ROODKAPJE
06/01 HAMBURG, DE @ HAFENKLANG
06/02 MALMÖ, SE @ PLAN B
06/03 TIVEDSTORP, SE @ KULTURFORENING
06/04 GOTHENBURG, SE @ HIGH TIME
06/05 ALVESTA, SE @ MUSKELROCK 2016
06/09 PRAGUE, CZ @ KLUB 007
06/10 INNSBRUCK, AT @ HIGHTIMES HASENHEIDE
06/11 LUCERNE, CH @ SÜDPOL
06/12 BOLZANO, IT @ MOUNTAIN SESSION
06/13 MILANO, IT @ SOTTO LA SACRESTIA
06/14 MONTPELLIER, FR @ THE BLACK SHEEP
06/15 BARCELONA, ES @ ASOCIACION FREEDONIA
06/16 ZARAGOZA, ES @ LAS ARMAS
06/17 LLEIDA, ES @ CAFE DEL TEATRE
06/18 MADRID, ES @ EL SOL
06/19 LISBON, PT @ ZDB
06/20 OVIEDO, ES @ LATA DE ZINC
06/21 BILBAO, ES @ KAFE ANTZOKIA
06/23 PARIS, FR @ FASHION WEEK
06/25 TORINO, IT @ BLAH BLAH
06/26 VERONA, IT @ WUNDERBAR
06/28 ZAGREB, HR @ KLUB MOCVARA
06/29 VIENNA, AT @ ARENA WIEN
07/01 LEIPZIG, DE @ ILSES ERIKA
07/02 LÄRZ, DE @ FUSION FESTIVA
09/23 LIVERPOOL, UK @ LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PSYCHEDELIA

House In The Tall Grass is out 5/13 via Guruguru Brain. Pre-order it here.

Kikagaku Moyo
CREDIT: Kentaro