Masana Temples GURUGURU BRAiN 7/10 Japanese psych quintet step it up
Now relocated to Amsterdam from Tokyo and running their own label, Kikaguku Moyo (“Geometric Patterns” in English) sound more assured than ever on this fourth album. You’ll find less meandering jamming than on 2016’s House In The Tall Grass and more focused, flinty grooves. They may retain a proggy penchant for antsy time signatures, but it’s framed within some winningly repetitive, minimalist and funky guitar motifs and esoteric vocal hooks on tracks such as “Nana”, while the hopscotching rhythms, parping bass and creamy male-female vocal harmonies of “Majupose” recall Stereolab at their most jazz-fancying. Best of all is “Gathering”’s gloriously hypnotic krautrock chug, initially laced with trippy tickles of guitar before the tempo rises and the track bursts into riff-fuelled flame.