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Gimme Some More: Kikagaku Moyo’s “Green Sugar”

Tokyo five-piece Kikagaku Moyo has been kicking about for about three years around the capital, playing the sort of guitar-centric psych rock that thrills rock fans who see Japan as “Boredomes and some other nutty stuff.” But despite this potential pitfall — a lot of these avant-garde bands aren’t actually doing anything interesting! — Kikagaku Moyo (mostly) avoid meandering guitar passages in favor of something more comforting, which the band themselves describe as “feeling good music.” “Green Sugar,” off of their upcoming album House In The Tall Grass, is an especially absorbing number, an early wave of distortion giving way to a shuffling guitar number full of whispered vocals and bell accents, which makes the closing guitar solo all the more dramatic. Listen above.