Cheatahs – “Murasaki” – [Wichita Recordings]
London based Cheatahs (formed 2008) ls paving the way by taking shoegaze rock to unexpected experimental directions; this is their 2015 12″ concept EP with four tracks inspired by the Japanese noblewomen Murasaki Shikibu’s novel ‘The Tale of Genji’ from the 11th century (sometimes called the world’s first or first modern novel.) The opening track has Japanese vocals over echoing guitars and high swirling synth like guitar arrangements. The two middle tracks are more experimental and playful in nature -which is excellent – as it takes the shoegaze aspect into a new musical territories. The ending track is back to more traditional shoegaze arrangements. The combination of studio experimentation, funhouse rock and Japanese influences makes this EP very unique. Note to myself, avoid playing the track Murasaki at each show..