London shoegaze quartet Cheatahs are back like they never left after releasing February’s fierce Sunne EP. The band hits us with the title track off their new four-song EP, Murasaki, and if this kickoff is any indication, it will be an unstoppable driving force. The strict conceptual EP is inspired by Japanese poet and novelist Murasaki Shikibu. “Murasaki” in particular is inspired by a pivotal moment in Shikibu’s novel A Tale Of Genji. Just as Murasaki blended the style and techniques of the Chinese narrative poetry and Japanese prose of her time to imprint a distinctive stamp on her novel, Cheatahs have used their signature dynamic rhythms and percussion, and winding delicate sounds to interpret Shikibu’s scene in a way only they could. Listen.
The Murasaki EP is out 5/4 on Wichita. The EP is available for preorder in vinyl and digital formats here.