Today’s release is a psychedelic rock experience from the masterful Kikagaku Moyo. This is mellow, relaxed, mind-expanding to a point, and incredibly drone-laden improvisation. There is a thread of early-era Pink Floyd psych and perhaps a touch of free jazz. Spacey, cosmic, and pretty near perfect.
When I see music tagged with the term ‘neofolk‘, I expect to hear something like Death In June, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud or Current 93, not this. I’m not entirely sure where jì lú hail from in China, but the label who released this disc, Raflum, hail from Sichuan, home of some seriously good food. If you remember the Japanese psychedelic band Ghost, fronted by guitarist Masaki Batoh, this might be a corollary. It’s exceptionally psychedelic, and has the feel of the Incredible String Band on even more acid, feeling more placid. This is gorgeous.
I have to admit that I’m a bit jealous that I haven’t heard anything this good in Beijing yet.
Folque were a Norwegian folk-prog band who were active in the early 1970s. According to some comments I’ve read recently, though they didn’t make much of a dent in the American market, they were quite popular in Brazil, of all places.
Folk-psych from 1977. The band Love is not the legendary Los Angeles band fronted by Arthur Lee, but a Japanese group who churned out at least one magnificent album before disappearing into the aether.
Focused, raw Apocalyptic Folk from Roses Never Fade, a band who carries the spirit of acts like American Neofolk legends such as Changes and good British psychedelic folk music like Comus.
There’s almost no information on Ed Bisiar III. This song comes from a private pressing. It’s extremely mellow, pleasant listening for a sunny Saturday morning.