Kikagaku Moyo started in the summer of 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo. Though the band started as a free music collect ive it quickly evolved into a t ight group of mult i-instrumentalists. Their f irst, Self-Titled, record was released digitally and discovered by Cosmic Eye/Sound Effect Records in Greece which put out their first 12” LP. The band’s popularity spread extensively through the blogging community. Their f irst tour took place in Australia sharing dates with the Aussie band Dreamt ime. By April 2014 Kikagaku Moyo had recorded their second LP “Forest of Lost Children” which was released in May 2014 by Beyond Beyond is Beyond records. Addit ionally, they released “Mammatus Clouds” on cassette via Sky Lantern Records, showcasing the band’s experimental side. The band toured the U.S. at the same t ime sharing bills with Moon Duo, Eternal Tapestry, White Manna, Life Coach, and the Myrrors. They played at Aust in Psych Fest and L.A. Psych Fest to high acclaim.
Their Self-Titled record and MammatusClouds were re-released on 12” vinyl later in 2014 by Captcha recordsin the U.S. and Cardinal Fuzz Recordsin the UK. Both pressings sold out in a matter of days. In support of these releases, the band toured the U.K. in October of 2014. In 2015, Kikagaku Moyo toured for 35 days across Europe selling out shows in Berlin, London, Paris, Porto, Lisbon, Barcelona and Geneva. They appeared at Eindhoven Psych Lab and Duna Jam. The band has earned their reputat ion as f ierce and capt ivat ing performers. 2015 also saw the release of several split 7” records, the first with Kinskion God Unknown Recordsand a self-released split with Moon Duo. Kikagaku Moyo call their sound “psychedelic” because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence. Their music incorporates elements of classical Indian music, Kraut Rock, Tradit ional Folk, and 70s Rock. Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Improvisat ion is a key element to their sound. Kikagaku Moyo play music to ignite your soul and foster euphoria. Their songs compel you to let your hair down, throw your arms in the air and smile.
Sugar Candy Mountain
A mix of Os Mutantes, The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Kinks.
"Sugar Candy Mountain, a side project of Ash Reiter, has been sharing tracks from their upcoming LP Saudade Love on Bandcamp, and it's music any fan of indie pop and/or psych rock should check out immediately. Drummer Will Halsey, who splits lead vocal duties with Reiter, tells me Saudade Love is a collection of songs he wrote while touring with The Blank Tapes in Brazil and a few "psychadelic tunes" he's been working on with the rest of the band back in the Bay Area. While Reiter's music under her own name is mostly sunny pop, Sugar Candy Mountain drifts out into the spacey psychedelic territory Halsey mentioned, while throwing in a bit of electronica and Brazilian influence for good measure. Despite the slightly different musical direction, Sugar Candy Mountain still crafts ear-catching hooks that I want to listen to over and over." -- Bay Bridged