‘japanese folk, psych grooves and African beats, with madcap flights of fancy.’
Yama Warashi, meaning small child like mountain spirit, are a Bristol based art rock ensemble fronted by Zun Zun Egui’s Yoshino Shigihara. Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz, tribal African music and heavily saturated in psychedelia. Lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical.
In the first two years of forming the group have released an EP and a long player titled ‘Moon Egg’ on Stolen Body Recordings which have picked up support from BBC Introducing, the British Underground, Radio 3’s Late Junction and BBC6 Music. Their music included on Wire Magazines give away, heavily discussed on the blogosphere including The Skinny and Loud Quite. Live performances include Latitude Festival, Green Man and support slots with the likes of Flamingods, This is the Kit and Dakha Brakha.
In 2017 Yama Warashi were awarded the PRS Foundation Fund in order to record their second album with Ali Chant(PJ Harvey, M.Ward, Perfume Genius) at Toybox Studios. The new record due for release in 2018 will be toured extensively through out Europe.