Oishiihanashi ( おいしいはなし ) from Tokyo in Japan is the psychedelic pop quartet of Konno ( コンノ ) (Guitar / Vocal), Kanako ( カナコ )(Keys /Vocal), Yurika ( ユリカ ) (Drums / Vocal) and Niahiyama ( ニシヤマ ) (Bass).
Oishiihanashi ( おいしいはなし )
The spirits are lifted on hitting play as Oishiihanashi usher their blurry sounds from the speakers. The listener is left with a sense of fun, whilst the music twists and turns along its path.
There is a naivety to the sound which superbly matches the mood of the music, which is intended for any-time play. That isn’t to say the musicians are not serious players as tracks are written with consideration and capture the spirit of the music in each iteration. Oishiihanashi have a repertoire of songs which they can be proud of and I look forward to hearing their further development.
With a few years behind them the music has become more polished, whilst still retaining the infectious sense of joy that marked their earlier pieces of work. Their most recent LP Room, Sea, Grassland ( 部屋、海、草原 )was released in December of last year and the eight track LP is full of surprising turns.
The Moon Kids is the psychedelic pop quartet of David Barr (Lead vocals / Guitar), Taylor Wright (Backing Vocals / Bass), Rory Buchanan (Drums / Percussion) and Magnus Collie (Guitar) from Fife in Scotland.
The Moon Kids
Giving psychedelic rock an upper leads directly to The Moon Kids who bring in a zesty fillip to a genre which can, in its most esoteric moments, become an unfathomable conundrum, not so with these guys from Scotland.
It would be possible to fill in paragraphs about how it sounds like this and that, but to do so would be to miss the point, what The Moon Kids have done is to bring in a wide range of influences to produce music which has a lightness of touch, whilst simultaneously composing material of originality.
The trippy infectious tunes sweep the listener in to a good space as they take the audience of a flight of fancy which retains an easy pivot point of acoustic and electric guitars around which the percussion / bass swirls in carefree abandonment and a lyric, which is slightly echoed, adds to the sense of a magical mystery tour.
Not to play if you are attempting to write a thesis on Greek Mythology, but for any other time of the day when you just need a pick-me up – The Moon Kids – should be close to hand.
Just over a year behind them and an LP set for release, their second year is looking set fair for the quartet.