Kikagaku Moyo have shared a third and final track ahead of the release of their forthcoming album ‘Masana Temples’, which is due for release on October 5th via the band’s DIY record label, Guruguru Brain.

Following the psychedelic expeditions Gatherings” and Dripping SunNazo Nazo” shows the record’s more delicate and contemplative side. It comes amidst extensive tours that have already taken in US dates and an Asian run. The band will now return to the US for a West Coast run, including Desert Daze festival, before heading back to Europe and taking in headline shows at Manchester Gorilla on November 7th and London’s Scala on November 8th.

“Nazo Nazo” means riddle in Japanese, though the word “nazo” alone means question or mystery. It’s the band’s first ever track with lyrics opposed to vocal sounds and has been brought to life by London-based film-maker Elliot ArndtKikagaku Moyo drummer & vocalist Go Kurosawa explains their decision to work with him, saying: “We really liked his band Vanishing Twins and always watched their videos. We contacted him earlier last year. This is the first song of ours which has Japanese lyrics – Tomo (vocals/guitar) made the melodies whilst I was seeking different vocal sounds. The melody reminded me an old Japanese folklore song and I thought Japanese might fit better than our gibberish sounds. Elliot asked me to translate so I sent him very strange translation, which made no sense, but somehow it made sense for him and he made the video. We were surprised how he used colour and how beautiful it is.”

Watch/hear“Nazo Nazo”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIyUHkTSfLM
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The shifting dimensions of Masana Temples’fourth album from psychedelic explorers Kikagaku Moyo, are informed by various experiences the band had with traveling through life together, ranging from the months spent on tour to making a pilgrimage to ‬Lisbon to record the album with jazz musician Bruno Pernadas. The band sought out Pernadas both out of admiration for his music and in an intentional move to work with a producer who came from a wildly different background. With Masana Temples’, the band wanted to challenge their own concepts of what psychedelic music could be. Elements of both the attentive folk and wild-eyed rocking sides of the band are still intact throughout, but they’re sharper and more defined. ‬

‪More than the literal interpretation of being on a journey, the album’s always changing sonic panorama reflects the spiritual connection of the band moving through this all together. Life for a traveling band is a series of constant metamorphoses, with languages, cultures, climates and vibes changing with each new town. The only constant for Kikagaku Moyo throughout their travels were the five band members always together moving through it all, but each of them taking everything in from very different perspectives. Inspecting the harmonies and disparities between these perspectives, the group reflects the emotional impact of their nomadic paths. The music is the product of time spent in motion and all of the bending mindsets that come with it.

‘Masana Temples’ is available to pre-order on Bandcamp here. Kikagaku Moyo tour Europe in November – details below.

‘Masana Temples’ track list:
1. Entrance
2. Dripping Sun (Bandcamp)
3. Nazo Nazo (YouTube)
4. Fluffy Kosmisch
5. Majupose
6. Nana
7. Orange Peel
8. Amayadori
9. Gatherings (Bandcamp)
10. Blanket Song

Kikagaku Moyo US tour dates:
09.28.18 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
09.29.18 – Chicago, IL @ Revolution Oktoberfest
09.30.18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
10.03.18 – Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW Post 209
10.04.18 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
10.05.18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
10.06.18 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
10.07.18 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10.09.18 – Davis, CA @ Veterans Memorial Theatre
10.10.18 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
10.11.18 – Felton, CA @ Flynn’s Cabaret
10.12 & 10.13 – Lake Perris, CA @ Desert Daze
10.14.18 – Tucson, AZ @ Cans Deli
10.16.18 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
10.17.18 – Dallas, TX @ Regal Room
10.18.18 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
10.19.18 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
10.20.18 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
10.21.18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom
10.23.18 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat – Backstage
10.24.18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.25.18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10.26.18 – Burlington, VT @ Artsriot
10.27.18 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
10.28.18 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

Kikagaku Moyo European tour dates:
Nov 07 Manchester, UK – Gorilla
Nov 08 London, UK – Scala

Nov 09 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
Nov 10 Utrecht, NI – Le Guess Who?
Nov 12 Cologne, DE – Gebäude 9
Nov 13 Berlin, DE – Lido
Nov 14 Krakow, PL – Something Must Break
Nov 15 Prague, CZ – Futurum
Nov 16 Leipzig, DE – Transcentury Update
Nov 17 Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn
Nov 18 Ravenna, IT – Bronson Hanna Bi
Nov 19 Vienna, AT – Arena
Nov 21 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
Nov 22 Malmö, SE – Plan B
Nov 23 Stockholm, SE – Fasching
Nov 24 Oslo, NO – Bla
Nov 25 Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik
Nov 26 Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang
Nov 27 Brussels, BE – Ab
Nov 28 Lyon, FR – Jack Jack
Nov 29 Bordeaux, FR – Iboat
Nov 30 Barcelona, ES – Upload
Dec 01 Madrid, ES – Caracol
Dec 02 Porto, PT
Dec 03 Lisbon, PT – ZDB
Dec 07 Athens, GR – Fuzzclub
Dec 08 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso / Indiestad Night

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