‘Kogarashi’ is the first taste of Kikagaku Moyo’s forthcoming album, ‘House In The Tall Grass’.
Due for release on 13 May 2016, the new LP will be supported by a spring UK tour, which includes a London show at London Fields Brewhouse on 26 May.
“I came up with the melody and rhythm of Kogarashi, when I was about to fall asleep at the park,” explains the band’s vocalist Tomo Katsurada. “It was a nice warm day in the autumn to get stoned and pass out in the park.
“I remember I was surrounded by the multi-coloured dead leaves and felt warm when I woke up. But all of the sudden, Kogarashi (the autumn wind) blew all of the leaves away. It was a beautiful and psychedelic autumn moment.”
The song reflects the refinement of the band’s songwriting and their unique sound, which incorporates influences as diverse as traditional folk, classical Indian music, ‘70s rock, and krautrock.
“We wanted to make a record which would bring scenic images to the listeners,” explains drummer Go Kurosawa. “The idea came to my mind when I took a trip to the north of Japan. It was very cold outside, but the place I stayed was warm. I was amazed by how quiet it was outside with the snow absorbing all sound. It felt like I was covering my ears with my hands or I was under the sea.
“We wanted this to be a conceptual album, not a compilation of discrete tracks. I had been listening to two film soundtracks, one written by Bruce Langhorne for a western movie called ‘The Hired Hand’, the other, Ry Cooder’s soundtrack for ‘Paris, Texas’. I was deeply inspired by these records, and both created the kind of intense scenic images I was interested in.”
Initially formed as a free music collective busking the streets of Tokyo in 2012, the band quickly coalesced into a unit of multi-instrumentalists, releasing a self-titled debut album and its follow-up, ‘Forest of Lost Children’, within two years.
They first toured the UK in October 2014, returning the following year as part of an extensive European trek that incorporated cities like Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, and Geneva. Now Tomo Katsurada, Go Kurosawa, Daoud Popal (guitar), Ryu Kurosawa (sitar), and Kotsuguy (bass) are set to return.