7 Nov 2016
Soundblab reviews Kuro's S/T debut album
Kuro is, on paper at least, an unlikely pairing of Bristol-based classically trained French violinist Agathe Max and Gareth Turner, sinewy bass man of avant-psych noisenicks Big Naturals and Anthroprophh.
It’s not as bizarre an alliance as you might think. Turner who has a long association with Rocket (he was there from the beginning, playing on The Heads/Lillydamwhite split that constituted LAUNCH 001) is a considerable self-taught talent and the perfect foil for Max’s more tutored and no less exceptional, or experimental, virtuosity. So impressed was Max following a post-gig jam and a couple of further improvised sessions that she relocated to the musically rich West Country “capital" to enable this collaboration.
“Kuro” is Japanese for black and this sure is dark, sombre and introspective listening. Alternately restrained and demonstrative, it’s often precarious balanced between the infernal and the heavenly, where culture competes with Cthulhu, an eight-stringed beast that takes many forms, some of them frightening but for the most part consisting of patiently executed, textured...
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Album is released on Friday, preorder a copy here: Rocket Bandcamp