Preset with Todd Osborn

Japanese Psychedelic Rock

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60 minsFirst aired 10 Apr 2019
Photo by Jeremy Deputat

Todd Osborn dives into the wide-eyed world of ’70s psychedelia from Japan, ahead of Red Bull Music Festival Tokyo.

This month, Todd Osborn explores a very fruitful year for Japanese psych rock: 1971. While the rest of the world was mixing religion and Indian scales into their rock bouillabaisse, in Japan several bands took to combine traditional Japanese musical elements with psych rock, putting their own spins on Western guitar motifs. As you’ll hear, the results range from extended cosmic rock excursions to tripped-out Shinto meditations.

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