Japan’s Genre-Defying ‘Mouse On The Keys’ Share New Composition +Split EP Out September 30th On Topshelf Records

Listen to Mouse On The Keys’ brilliant new jazz-flecked post-rock composition

Split EP with Tokyo’s LITE out September 30 on Topshelf Records

Listen to “Four Preludes, Op.50, No.3 in B Minor” HERE

“Their approach is minimalist, pensive and beautiful… a number that might sit just as well on a Mogwai record as it would on something by Thelonious Monk.”CLRVYNT


A blend of minimal phrased piano and dynamic drumming. The pursuit of a live experience composed of visual and audio expression. Formed in 2006, with elements of jazz, funk, post‐rock and electronic music, Mouse on the Keys fits into a genre of their own. The trio consists of two former members of the influential Japanese underground band Nine Days Wonder, Akira Kawasaki and Atsushi Kiyota. They teamed up with Daisuke Niitome, who has played drums as well as composed music for countless jazz‐funk and hip hop bands. Their unique sound, comprising two pianos, two keyboards, and drums, continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene.

Mouse on the Keys split with fellow Tokyo band LITE is out September 30th via Topshelf Records. This is the first time both Japanese bands have collaborated on a release. Each band lends one original and a cover of one another’s songs. Pre-order the split on 12″ vinyl (Black, Grey, Clear & Grey Half and Half) and digitally HERE.

Listen to “Four Preludes, Op.50, No.3 in B Minor”:

Both bands will make their maiden trip to the US for a run of dates along the West Coast in November. All confirmed tour dates below.

# = w/ LITE

Nov 10 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #
Nov 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat #
Nov 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s #
Nov 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s #
Nov 14 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
Nov 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret #
Nov 16 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern #


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