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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Japanese psychedelic rock band was recorded in Lisbon and was produced by Bruno Pernadas.
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  1. Oct 5, 2018
    80
    A great relaxed and restrained psychedelic album.
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    80
    Songs ebb and flow between different styles, motifs appear and recede like roadside landmarks glimpsed briefly and passed in a blur. The result is an album that even in its slower moments seems to be constantly pushing forward, a hazy, dreamlike soundtrack to a classic road-trip movie.
  3. Oct 3, 2018
    70
    Masana Temples is a comparatively accessible release from Kikagaku Moyo, despite rooting itself in a reality outside of our own. The ease with which these tracks can be entered leaves one wondering whether this utopian vision--for all its gestures at peace--could be closer to us than we thought.
  4. Oct 18, 2018
    70
    The record is a fresh take on an often-elusive genre, but Kikagaku Moyo manages to pull it off with one of the more striking displays in recent memory.
  5. Mojo
    Oct 3, 2018
    60
    Psych instincts and gas-weight vibes avoid modern psych's retro slavishness, but its lightweight sound can feel insubstantial. [Nov 2018, p.96]
  6. Oct 23, 2018
    60
    Like Masana Temples as a whole, “Dripping Sun” is fun but uneven, too ambitious stylistically and not quite ambitious enough sonically.
  7. Oct 3, 2018
    40
    It tries to cover too much ground on its pilgrimage to novelty and ends up lost on its way. Journeys have a spirit and a narrative, and this has nothing of the sort.

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