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Music beyond language and beyond words

Japanese musicians and Taos locals bring psychedelia and mystery to the stage

By Dawn Franco
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 10/30/19

Japanese psychedelic five-piece band Kikagaku Moyo will be playing Sunday (Nov. 3) alongside Minami Deutsch and Tan Cologne at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership starting at 7 p.m.

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Music beyond language and beyond words

Japanese musicians and Taos locals bring psychedelia and mystery to the stage

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Japanese psychedelic five-piece band Kikagaku Moyo will be playing Sunday (Nov. 3) alongside Minami Deutsch and Tan Cologne at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership starting at 7 p.m.

Beginning as a street performing music collective in Tokyo in 2012, Kikagaku Moyo quickly evolved into a professional touring band. By 2013 the band had released their first, self-titled studio album and has since been touring internationally.

Kikagaku Moyo translates from Japanese to "geometric patterns." The band believes in a spiritual connection to the nonhuman part of the physical world.

"We like the idea of geometric patterns because you can find them everywhere in nature and design. It's beautiful and we are fascinated with the patterns," said leading songwriter Go Kurosawa. "Our music is an extension of the connection with nature," he said.

Drummer and vocalist Go Kurosawa, guitarist and vocalist Tomo Katsurada, guitarist Daoud Popal, sitar player and keyboardist Ryu Kurosawa and Kotsuguy on bass create the acid folk and hallucinogenic rock that is Kikagaku Moyo.

Recorded in Portugal in April of 2018 and released later the same year, "Masana Temples" is Kikagaku Moyo's newest album. The band jumped off a North American tour in October to promote the 10-track record released by Guruguru Brain, a label in the Netherlands run by members Go Kurosawa and Katsurada.

"Most of the songs were written during touring and about all of the life we experienced touring," said Kurosawa. "By touring in different countries and places we have witnessed different scenery and culture, we meet different people. That diversity that we experienced - we wanted to put into our music," he said.

"Masana" is an imagined word created by Kikagaku Moyo to express the feeling of utopia, a visionary reality where things exist peacefully and create empathy and inspiration.

The band sought out composer, producer and jazz musician Bruno Pernadas to help create the album. Kikagaku Moyo desired his unfamiliar musical background to expand on their concepts of what psychedelic music could be. The finished product is a sonic narrative of the bands nomadic experiences.

Various layering and styles of music are present on the album. The music's metamorphosis from track to track is incredibly dimensional. Indian-style sitar, jazzy interludes, soft chimes, echoing synths, wah wah guitars, breakdowns and solos are just some of the musical tactics used on "Masana Temples." Following psychedelic strategy the composition is full of mysticism and motion to mimic the traveling mindset Kikagaku Moyo was in during the album's creation.

Vocals and lyrics are simply beyond words. While there is one song on the album in Japanse Kikagaku Moyo takes an improvisational approach to lyricism. Vocalists Kurosawa and Katsurada often sing in gibberish and jabberwocky. The band members often sing in whatever noises and sounds they feel the music evokes so that people may draw their own interpretations. The lack of language aims to further expand the conscious.

Joining the lineup will be another Guruguru Brain artist, Tokyo-based trio, Minami Deutsch.

Guitarist, vocalist and synthesizer Kyotaro Miula, drummer Takuya Nozaki and guitarist Tatsuhiko Rauschenberg are the neo krautrock based Minami Deutsch.

Krautrock is a genre and music movement that started in the 1960s and 1970s in Germany also known as cosmic music that involves elements of electronic and psychedelic. Bands such as Can, Kraftwerk and Neu! inspired Minami Deutsch.

Minimal techno enthusiasts and self-identified "repetition freaks," Minami Deutsch was formed in 2014 and has since reissued their 2015 six-track self-titled LP in 2017. Following their German idols, Minami Deutsch utilize a cold, hammer beat, fuzzed, distorted guitars and hypnotic and repetitive vocals to create ambient space rock.

Opening for the Japanese artists will be the newly formed local lineup Tan Cologne. They'll be playing the new album not set for release until February 2020.

Guitarist and vocalist Lauren Green, formerly Mirror Travel, second guitarist and vocalist Marissa Macias, drummer Parker Shebs and bassist Ry Warner will be playing mystic dream pop. "Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico," the new album set for future release from Swedish label Labrador takes influence from artists like Mazzy Star and the otherworldly landscapes of Taos. Tan Cologne creates cosmic tones with dreamy vocals, resonant and whirling guitars that sets a hazy atmosphere.

As of October the band released a new music video for the single "Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico" directed by Wes Sheridan and featuring the composition from Taos' own Joann Forman's "1987 Soundscape." The track draws from the geological wonders of the alpine and desert terrains of Taos as well as present tribute to the mysterious Taos hum.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; admission is $12. Don't miss the hallucinogenic experience of the otherworldly and mind-expansive celestial music. Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is located at 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Call (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.

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