CHIKA RADAR #24: プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga)

CHIKA RADAR #24: プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga)

Today, our Chika Radar will tell us more about プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga), an idol unit inspired by psychedelic and raga rock.

Fans of psychedelic rock, get ready for the latest Chika Radar discovery: we are getting to know a new unit entirely based on this style, mixing modern idol elements with that half a century old sound.

プシュケとラーガ (Psyche and Raga) is a group born last year whose concept revolves around the good old psychedelic/raga rock sound of the late Sixties and early Seventies; not the recent revivals, not the most accessible variants, but a quite experimental and yet still faithful take on the original sound, even sort of reproducing a similar sound quality.

The unit features five members:

  • にしざあ みずき (Nishizaa Mizuki)
  • 宵待 月 (Yoimachi Yue)
  • 降旗 嶺緒奈 (Furihata Reona)
  • 夏来 彩世 (Natsuki Ayase)
  • 宮本 煌 (Miyamoto Koh)

But let’s find out about their music: Psyche and Raga recently published visualizers on their YouTube channel for their first couple of singles, “タランチュラ” (Tarantula) and “Kiss my Shadow”.

As expected, the music is quite otherworldly: sudden tempo changes, unusual instruments coming out of nowhere and a generally weird atmosphere; at the same time, the most idol-ish aspect of this sound is the catchiness of the vocal lines. Both the tracks have their own quirks, like the dreamlike accordion in he first and the tribal rhythms in the latter.

Besides these visualizers, you can also find some live videos on their channel; I recommend you to take a look there, since this group seems really interesting.

Psyche and Raga are already searching members for the second generation; the audition process has already started and they aim to have the new members ready around March or April.

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