When: Wed., Oct. 5, 9 p.m. 2016
Four-year-old Tokyo-based Kikagaku Moyo are chipping in to their city’s great psychedelic tradition, reinventing the trippy windswept glories that Western rock left behind in stunning, heady new ways. Or at least that’s one narrative. Their third full-length, House in the Tall Grass, released on their own Guruguru Brain Records, carves out a slice of folkish psych that’s garnished by sitar, punctuated by heavy riffs, and carried along by an almost Krautrock-ish sense of rhythm. It’s been criticized for bringing nothing new to the table, and I suppose that’s fair enough, but it appears as though Kikagaku Moyo are more interested in being traditionalists than innovators, and there’s certainly room for that. On its own terms House in the Tall Grass is a beautiful journey through a psychedelic fairyland that’s recognizable and yet still surprising—its familiarity is more of a positive than a bug.