Japanese outriders’ scintillating fourth takes on a psychedelic jazz hue from Lisbon.
Kikagaku Moyo’s last album, 2016’s exceptional House In The Tall Grass, came wrapped in a warm fug of folksy psychedelia, with traces of Eastern classical music and early-70s kosmische. This equally wonderful follow-up finds the quintet expanding outwards, both in a literal sense – having moved out of their communal home in Tokyo, the band journeyed to Lisbon to record with jazz musician Bruno Pernadas as producer – and a musical one. The epic Dripping Sun is a perfect illustration of that, with hushed folk merely a brief interlude in an unstoppable psych funk jam that pushes and pulls in various directions. The dreamy quality of twin vocalists Tomo Katsurada and Go Kurosawa (who also double up on guitar and drums respectively) heightens the trippy sensation of much of Masana Temples. Majupose is trancey, hitching itself to a Can-like rhythm and punctuated by samples of a child’s voice. There’s also a debt to Acid Mothers Temple, most obvious amid the space rock grooves of Gatherings, with its distorted guitars and free-form approach. Meanwhile, Ryu Kurosawa’s sitar drones flag their inspiration from the boundless possibilities of another era.