Japanese psych-rock outfit Kikagaku Moyo have shared a funky new single titled “Dripping Sun,” which is set to appear on their soon-to-be-released Masana Temples LP, due out on Oct. 5 via Guruguru Brain. The lengthy track runs at a manageable 7:50 minutes, and follows the previously released "Gatherings” as the second track to appear on their upcoming album.
“Dripping Sun” can be heard in full in the audio-only video above, or the embed from their BandCamp page seen below. “Dripping Sun” starts out like a nasty funk track straight out of the 1970s, and oozes with a sense of coolness and chaotic confidence before slowing down to allow the vocals to come in around the 2:00 mark. The song picks back up again around the 4:15 minute point for a steadier, groovy flow, before once again charging into overdrive one last time at the 6:15 mark. The fluctuating range in tempo and power with the new single is just a small taste of the ever-changing and constantly evolving journey on which the band’s music sends the listener every time. If anything, the new single touches more on narrative-driven jazz elements rather than traditional psych-rock, but stands on its own as a compositional masterpiece regardless of what genre bin at the record store it gets thrown into.
"This is a day trip song," the band’s drummer/vocalist Go Kurosawa said in a statement to go with the song’s premiere on Monday. "Get up, ride on a horse, take a walk, explore, and go back to your place and sleep. Often within the trip, you will find something that makes you feel nostalgic, something that brings back memories of the past and no matter how crazy the journey is, we always come back to where we were or where we belong and we feel calm. That was the idea of song when I wrote it."
The band will return to North America this fall for a run of concerts in promotion of their new album beginning on Oct. 4 in Washington. Their fall tour includes performances at events like Desert Daze, in addition to their own headlining shows at venues like Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and Philadelphia’s Underground Arts, just to name a few. Fans can purchase tickets to select shows on the upcoming tour by clicking here. Act fast though, as the re-emergence of psychedelic rock amongst the masses is making Kikagaku Moyo one of the premiere rising names in the historically weird and wild genre.