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Kikagaku Moyo are (left to right) bassist Kotsuguy, guitarists Daoud Popal and Tomo Katsurada, drummer Go Kurosawa, and sitarist Ryu Kurosawa.

Photo by Jamie Wdziekonski

The effects-crazy, THC-fueled Japanese psychedelic rockers, led by guitarists Tomo Katsurada and Daoud Popal, have called it quits, but not before one last album and tour.

The core of Kikagaku Moyo, a psychedelic quintet from Tokyo, Japan, is group improvisation. Collaborative synergy and interplay are embedded deep within the band’s collective subconscious, and their live shows—as well as their studio recordings—are often spontaneous acts of creation.

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One of the furriest, foxiest fuzz machines ever is reborn in a compact and more capable incarnation.

 

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Rich, sonorous basic fuzz tones. Controlled but nasty octave effects. Footswitchable octave. Mid-boost option.

Cons:
A few bucks on the spendy side relative to the competition. Footswitches close together.

Street:
$199

Danelectro 3699 Fuzz
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A welcome reverse delay reissue is a mind melt in a box.

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Pros:
Convincing reverse-tape textures. Intuitive and fun to use. Ability to remove all dry signal.

Cons:
Faint digital artifacts at fast-repeat/high-mix settings.

Street:
$159

Danelectro Back Talk
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