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“This is dream pop from another realm entirely” – THE SKINNY
“Liltingly folky and malevolently unhinged” – LOUD AND QUIET
“Kofun No Uta” is the first single to be lifted from Yama Warashi’s new album, which follows in November on Small Pond recordings, the acclaimed Bristol-based psych/art-rock outfit having just announced their signing to the fast-rising Brighton label. With a radio impact date of 24th August, the arresting, folkloric and fanciful “Kofun No Uta” is set for digital release in July alongside a suitably psychedelic and captivating video.
Yama Warashi is the project of Yoshino Shigihara, a Japanese musician and visual artist whose past projects include erstwhile cult favourites Zun Zun Egui (Bella Union). Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz and tribal African music, and heavily saturated in psychedelia, Yama Warashi’s songs are lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical; the band name translates from Shigihara’s native tongue as “small childlike mountain spirit”.
The new material is set to build on the success of Yama Warashi’s 2016 debut album, ‘Moon Egg’ (Stolen Body Recordings), which picked up support including BBC Introducing, Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) and across BBC6 Music, as well as plaudits in The Wire magazine, The Skinny, Loud & Quiet and beyond. Live, they have graced festival stages including Latitude and Green Man, to add to support slots with the likes of Flamingods, This is the Kit and Dakha Brakha.