Presenting a face of resolve when looking at the frightening realities of the future, Proto Tekno is less an album and more of a manifesto. Kooba Tercu have taken the long-established ‘repetition, repetition, repetition’ formula of countercultural music of years gone by and turned it into an all-out assault on the senses.
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The latest album from Kooba Tercu launches head-first into a distorted bass loaded psych-punk blast, asserting its dynamic and challenging qualities which take hold for the rest of the record. ‘Proto Tekno’ flaunts a lot of influence from the more left-field strains of psychedelia and post-punk, often exploring moments of noise rock, industrial and electronic. They aren’t afraid to dip into traditional sounds from across the world, namely Jamaican dubs, West African highlife and Middle Eastern mysticism.
It’s difficult to compare Kooba Tercu to any particular group as each track is so different from the last, though the genre-bending eclecticism and snarling vocals of bandleader Jonny Tercu brings to mind a heavier version of Public Image Ltd. ‘Cemento Mori’ mixes squalling guitars and piercing bass with kraut-funk drums, ‘Filter Feeder’ explores murky dub depths and tribal beats, ‘Kamehameha’ channels the Melvins’ soaring vocals and sparse drumwork, ‘Qasan’ punishes with martial rhythms, and ‘Puppy Pile’ rounds the album off on a surprisingly soothing psych pop note.
Kooba Tercu are a group who embrace both the avant-garde and belligerent simplicity. You’re just as likely to find proggy moments and free-flowing drones as you are a dirty hardcore punk or noise rock riff.
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