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The best psychedelic prog you can buy this month

Album Review

Take a trip with Rob Hughes as he seeks out new psych prog

An intriguing batch this month, none more so than Moon Egg (Stolen Body Records), the latest from Yama Warashi. Essentially the alter ego of Bristol-based Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara, the album sees her joined by various members of local experimentalists, BLOOM. The songs are mostly rooted in psych folk, but wander far and free, picking up spores of jazz, avant pop and African rhythm. Often delivered in Shigihara’s mother tongue, her subject matter - mycelium, lunar phases and nuclear power stations – gives things an added sense of surreal dislocation. Funa Uta and Half Moon Bamboo are especially good.


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