KIKAGAKU MOYO – ” Kumoyo Island “

Posted: May 8, 2022 in MUSIC

In many ways ‘Kumoyo Island’ represents the culmination of a journey for Kikagaku Moyo. While their decade-long career can be summarized as a series of kaleidoscopic explorations through lands and dimensions far and near, there’s a strong intention in each of their works to take the listener to a particular place, however real or abstract they may be. In that sense, the title and cover art for the band’s fifth and final album draws you into a magical mass of land surrounded by water—but the couch suggests that ‘Kumoyo Island’ may not be a fleeting stop, but rather a place of respite, where one could pause and take it all in.

It takes a lot of self-awareness to know when to pack it up in a world where it’s expected for our favourite artists to create forever. Japanese psych-rockers Kikagaku Moyo have accomplished what they set out to do, ending their decade-long career with “Kumoyo Island”. Sophisticated funk rhythms and twirling guitar licks bounce around the 48-minute runtime, leaving little room for boredom.

Kikagaku Moyo hold the listener’s hand as they jump down a rabbit hole of influences, taking sharp turns into playful country grooves on “Gomugomu” and shoegaze-inspired melodies on “Yayoi, Iyayoi.” “Kumoyo Island” is a concise, satisfying final installment in the band’s catalogue, making Kikagaku Moyo’s farewell a little easier to accept.

“Kumoyo Island” is the fifth studio album & the last euphoric mind-trip to Kikagaku Moyo’s imagined island.”

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