Kyota Sugai – Butterfly

Who’s up for some psychedelic, funkadelic, trippy rock music? If that’s you, then you need to look no further, for we have found exactly what you’re looking for. Meet the eccentric Japanese singer-songwriter, Kyota Sugai, who is bringing that old-school rock flavour back, with a fresh new wave approach!

Kyota’s brand of psychedelic rock stands out from the more traditional bands, as one of his latest releases “Butterfly” shows. Stylistic, textured and enigmatic, the release reflects Kyota Sugai’s  influences which range from The Beatles, to Beach Boys, Syd Barret, Peter Ivers and more…

Having released his first album “Italy” at the tender age of 20, followed by his most successful album to date “Maddona” 3 years later, and finally his 3rd album “Y533” which is available for purchasing and listening on iTunes, Kyota is steadily setting himself up for a great music career. With great artistry and artwork to accompany his music, the Japanese visionary is a well rounded and uber creative musical mind. Mind-bending guitars, meet quirky arrangements and funky, conceptual vocals, moulding the talented musician’s sound into groundbreaking, chilled and masterful bodies of work.

What we like most about Kyota Sugai’s “Butterfly” is its relaxing, dreamy and sculptural soundscape which paints a picture of a utopian singer with plenty more to give, and complete freedom of expression over his music. Just what we needed, an artist whose music won’t be defined by a specific genre but by its ability to trascend such concepts. He’s something like a Picasso with a guitar, on magic mushrooms… Pure, psychedelic, sonic art!


MOSES – Lose Like You Love

New Zealand’s best kept secret, psychedelic/alternative rock band MOSES are back with a brilliantly dreamy, escapist release titled “Lose Like You Love”, which is the first single off the band’s sophomore album scheduled to drop February 15th this year.

The single is a creatively melancholic, shoegaze song, which touches upon the current status quo and conformity mindset, amongst a growing sense of unhappiness and lack of fulfilment, as the band expresses their view point in what feels like an ethereal, trippy but cool (…as in “Don’t worry… I got this”) kind of execution.

Recorded in New Zealand’s rural settings, a key inspiration point and catalyst to the theme, the band’s first official release of 2017 is a richly layered and textured track, which is able to convey a message of hope and commitment as the lyrics “Trust what your heart says, It’s just another step in the way” suggest, as the lead singer’s mellow delivery takes you on an introspective journey, supported by the bands expansive sound.

For a band formed in late 2015, they are actually not doing bad… having released two EP’s, a number of singles, a full length album and signing to Australia based Half A Cow Records, MOSES has promising shows steady lined up, as they’re embarking on an album release tour in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China, UK, France, Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands before relocating permanently to Berlin!

2017 is shaping up to be a good year with the band’s impressive artistry which is backed up by their phenomenal work rate, so we’re expecting nothing but good things for New Zealand’s MOSES! Stay tuned folks!!