Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Ai no Yukue’ (きのこ帝国 – 愛のゆくえ)

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Japan’s Kinoko Teikoku have delivered their new album ‘Ai no Yukue’! This is their fourth album (since forming in 2007), and follows last year’s ‘Neko to Allergy’. The quartet’s latest is a little more pop leaning than their shoegaze beginnings; certainly more so than 2012’s ‘Uzu ni Naru’. Nevertheless, since being released in early November ‘Ai no Yukue’ has been well received. If you’re a fan of whirlwind Japanese shoegazers, you’re probably already onto it! Kinoko Teikoku’s ‘Ai no Yukue’ is available now to stream (Spotify); download (iTunes); or on CD (Amazon Japan).

Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Ai no Yukue’ (きのこ帝国 – 愛のゆくえ) [Spotify Stream]

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Catching Up On Japanese Shoegaze!

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Japan has been making lots of noise lately, so it’s time to take a peek at East Asia’s latest shoegaze creations! A number of submissions have come through plus Matthew from Muso Planet Magazine (Nagoya, Japan) has lent a hand with recommendations. Apologies in advance for any titles that are lost in translation. Now let’s get into it…

Cigarette In Your Bed – ‘Let Me Out’

Kicking off in Tokyo with Cigarette In Your Bed! The trio have just delivered their debut full length ‘Darkness’ via High Fader Records (Lemon’s Chair, Sugardrop, Yellow Loveless) after a few independently released EPs. Grab it at iTunes!

The Florist – ‘Middle Of Winter’

Next up is The Florist (you may have heard this pretty shoegazer on DKFM). The quartet includes members with completely different musical pasts (genre wise). Nevertheless, they’ve completed their debut LP ‘Dark Entries’. Grab that at Amazon or hold off til the iTunes release (later this month).

Universe Neko-ko – ‘Lovely Summer’

This is where translation starts to fail! Either way, ‘Lovely Summer’ turned heads after hitting Reddit late last month. Universe Neko-ko is a catchy blend of dream pop and noise that’s available now at Bandcamp.

For Tracy Hyde – ‘First Regrets’

For Tracy Hyde have sent in their latest tune ‘First Regrets’ (free download) taken from the EP ‘In Fear Of Love’ (out through File-Under Records). The young five piece are influenced by the Madchester scene, shoegaze, jangle pop and the like!

Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Uma To Hanataba’

And lastly, a favourite from Kinoko Teikoku! Taken from last year’s ‘Long Goodbye‘ EP. If you like this, take a listen to the recently posted ‘Whirpool‘. Please feel free to add your Japanese recommendations in the comments section. 感謝とお別れ!

More Japanese Shoegaze @ Muso Planet Japan!

Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Whirlpool’

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Here’s a lovely shoegaze tune from Japan’s Kinoko Teikoku (which translates to English as ‘Mushroom Empire’). ‘Whirlpool’ was originally released on the seven track EP ‘Uzuninaru’ through the UK Project in mid 2012 (also on iTunes). Since forming in 2007, the four piece have delivered a pair of EPs and last year’s impressive album ‘Eureka‘ (full stream).

 
Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Whirlpool’

Visit Kinoko Teikoku online @ UK Project @ Facebook.

Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Eureka’

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Japanese four piece Kinoko Teikoku released their eclectically noisy record ‘Eureka’ via Daizawa/UK Project earlier in the year. The title track shows off their noisier side, which for the most part is surprisingly accessible. The female-fronted Kinoko Teikoku released their debut EP in 2012, quickly becoming known for their rock anthems that borrowed from space rock, post rock, noise rock… you get the picture!

 
Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Eureka’

Visit Kinoko Teikoku online @ Daizawa/UK Project.