Listen: Kikagaku Moyo announces new album 'Masana Temples,' share mystic lead single ‘Gatherings’
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The psychedelic rock band from Japan known as Kikagaku Moyo (幾何学模様) has announced the release of their upcoming studio LP, to be titled Masana Temples, and is due out on Oct. 5 via Guruguru Brain. The upcoming release from the band which originally formed in Tokyo back in the early 2010s will follow up 2016’s House in the Tall Grass, as well as their Stone Garden EP which arrived back in April of last year.

The five-piece group shared the lead single set to appear on Masana Temples to go with the announcement on Monday with a smoothly mystic track titled “Gatherings.” The song can be heard in full in the audio-only video seen above. "Gatherings" starts out with a groovy rhythm to go with smooth guitar and vocal work before launching into overdrive shortly after the 4-minute and10-seconds mark. Overall the warmth of their guitars in the song’s beginning which are met with an adrenaline-pumping power punch in the second half gives listeners the best of both worlds from this incredibly talented psych-rock group.

According to the track’s premiere via Stereogum, Masana Temples was recorded in Lisbon with help from jazz musician Bruno Pernadas. According to the band’s drummer/vocalist Go Kurosawa, “Gatherings” was one of the first songs to be written during this album cycle, as in contains a mix of musical influences pulled in from their time spent performing around the world.

“‘Gatherings’ is the oldest song on this record. With this song, we’re expressing our journey in the world,” Kurosawa said about the new single. “We’ve gathered everyone in the band’s ideas in this song along with the ideas and influences of the places we’ve visited throughout our travels.”

The band will be heading out on tour starting later this summer beginning with their appearance at Oregon’s Pickathon in early August. From there they’ll continue playing across North America well into the fall months before their headlining run comes to a close on Oct. 28 in Toronto. Tickets for select shows on their tour are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.