Yama Warashi is the project of Yoshino Shigihara, a Japanese musician and visual artist whose past projects include erstwhile cult favourites Zun Zun Egui (Bella Union). Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz and tribal African music, and heavily saturated in psychedelia, Yama Warashi’s songs are lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical; the band name translates from Shigihara’s native tongue as “small childlike mountain spirit”.
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.