9 Jun 2020
The Progressive Aspect reviews Kooba Tercu
Kooba Tercu’s latest album, Proto Tekno, barely needs a review. You either like cacophonous chaos like this, or you don’t. But if you do, then you’ll love Proto Tekno. It’s like a militant march of zombified Zeuhl Zoophytes callously cracking open a Can of caustic Krautrock jam, joyfully spilling it onto a canvas of noise rock. You could make comparisons to labelmates Teeth of the Sea and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, but the squall of Kooba Tercu remains fiercely unique. I’ll admit that I’d never heard of the band before this album came up for review, and I was sold on the cover art alone. Ok, you should never judge a book by its cover, but in this case the cover art for Proto Tekno perfectly projects the music within – a writhing, riotous, razing that’s simultaneously and paradoxically bright and beautiful. It’s an incredibly evocative cover, and the music follows suit.
Although an outfit living in a number of different countries, Kooba Tercu feels like its Greek origins pervade the music more than any other. When one thinks of Greece, it’s hard not to think of its rich history, famous ruins and archaeological sites. Ruins often conjure imagery of neglect, but in context with Greece, they take on grandeur instead. Something ruinous can be radiant, rather than repugnant. Kooba Tercu’s music has an aura of a world in ruin, but it’s a strangely delightful dystopia...
Read the rest here: The Progressive Aspect