[News] Kikagaku Moyo unveil the official music video for “Cardboard Pile” and announce the tour dates

Kikagaku Moyo are to release one final album before going on indefinite hiatus. “Kumoyo Island” is due on May 6, 2022 via their own imprint Guruguru Brain. Watch the video for lead track “Cardboard Pile” through the YouTube player below:

Like many others, the Tokyo-based five-piece’s touring plans for 2020 were halted due to the pandemic, and they ended up spending lockdown in Amsterdam. But for their fifth record, they returned home and headed back to Tsubame Studios in Asakusabashi, where their earliest material had been recorded.

The 11 new tracks they created are intended to sum up their 10-year career; they include one song in their native tongue (Yayoi Iyayoi) and another inspired by Japanese Folk music (Monaka) as well as a cover of “Meu Mar” originally by Brazilian singer-songwriter Erasmos Carlos – his Portuguese lyrics translated into English and then to Japanese.


A1. Monaka
A2. Dancing Blue
A3. Effe
A4. Meu Mar
B1. Cardboard Pile
B2. Gomugomu
B3. Daydream Soda
B4. Field of Tiger Lillies
B5. Yayoi Iyayoi
B6. Nap Song
B7. Maison Silk Road

In January 2022, Kikagaku Moyo announced that their upcoming European and North American shows would be their last, saying in a statement: “We have come to the conclusion that because we have truly achieved our core mission as a band, we would love to end this project on the highest note possible.

Happy New Year, everyone !

We hope you all had great holidays despite the ongoing pandemic.

Today, we have important news to share with you.

After much discussion between the five of us at the end of last year, we have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus after 2022. This means 2022 will be our last year as Kikagaku Moyo.

We have come to the conclusion that because we have truly achieved our core mission as a band, we would love to end this project on the highest note possible. Since first starting as a music collective on the streets of Tokyo in 2012, we never, ever imagined being able to play all over the world for our amazing audiences. It is all because of you that this was ever possible…and to this we are eternally grateful.

With this in mind, our very last album will be released by Guruguru Brain on May 2022.

We enjoyed making this album so much and are incredibly excited to finally release it this spring for you.

Following our last album release, we will do our very last tours this spring and fall.

Tickets for the spring tours will go on sale on Jan 21st, and will be available for purchase on our website.

Fall west-coast tour will be announced on Jan 26th.

Please do not miss this chance to get your tickets, because there will be no next time ….

We sincerely thank all of you for your continuous support and cannot wait to see you all at our shows one last time.

Purchase tickets here: https://kikagakumoyo.com/tour2022/

Tour Dates:
Wed, MAY 11 Lee’s Palace Toronto, Canada
Thu, MAY 12 La Tulipe Montreal, Canada
Fri, MAY 13 Walking Windows Music and Arts Festival Winooski, VT
Sat, MAY 14 Royale Boston, MA
Mon, MAY 16 Elsewhere Brooklyn, NY
Tue, MAY 17 Elsewhere Brooklyn, NY
Wed, MAY 18 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Thu, MAY 19 Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre Asheville, NC
Fri, MAY 20 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
Sat, MAY 21 The Basement East Nashville, TN
Mon, MAY 23 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
Tue, MAY 24 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
Wed, MAY 25 El Club Detroit, MI
Fri, MAY 27 BottleRock Napa Valley 2022 Napa, CA
Sat, MAY 28 August Hall San Francisco, CA
Sat, JUN 4 Le Quai Angers, France
Mon, JUN 6 Trabendo Paris, France
Thu, JUN 9 Kikagaku Moyo @ Loaded Festival 2022 Oslo, Norway
Fri, JUN 10 Best Kept Secret 2022 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Sat, JUN 11 Kikagaku Moyo @ Best Kept Secret 2022 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Sun, JUN 12 Le Grand Mix Tourcoing, France
Mon, JUN 13 Le Botanique Bruxelles, Belgium
Tue, JUN 14 Gebäude 9 Cologne, Germany
Wed, JUN 15 Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark
Thu, JUN 16 Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany
Fri, JUN 17 Futurum Music Bar Praha, Czech Republic
Sat, JUN 18 Flex Vienna, Austria
Mon, JUN 20 Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
Tue, JUN 21 Mascotte Zurich, Switzerland
Wed, JUN 22 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sun, JUN 26 Clapham Grand London, United Kingdom
Mon, JUN 27 EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) London, United Kingdom
Wed, JUL 27 EartH (Theatre) Stoke Newington Central, United Kingdom
Wed, SEP 14 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Thu, SEP 15 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Fri, SEP 16 Texas Theatre Dallas, TX
Sat, SEP 17 The Far Out Lounge & Stage Austin, TX
Tue, SEP 20 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Wed, SEP 21 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Thu, SEP 22 The Belasco Theater Los Angeles, CA
Fri, SEP 23 Observatory Santa Ana, CA
Wed, SEP 28 McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Thu, SEP 29 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Fri, SEP 30 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Thu, OCT 6 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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