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K.A

Magma

 

Zeuhl

4.26 | 442 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars 4,5 stars really!! K.A. is Kohntarkkosz Anteria.

Well there was an album I have been waiting for a while!! I gather that this is the first Magma all-original studio album since the 70's. I always fear for the results of such a prolonged group absence (Vander and other musicians here have had a quite extensive solo carreer) but those fears were quickly dis-pelled as the first notes of music reached my ears. The first two movements were written back in the 70's but had not found grace to Vander's eyes (and ears) to go on vinyl at the time. Only the third movement is relly new stuff.

I had heard this full track in concert last fall, and it sounded great but I was wondering how that would translate on studio record with modern technology. Actually , except for the pleasant 70's sounds , there are precious few real surprises here as the sound of this album is very close to what they did on vinyl some almost 30 years ago! You could swear that this was recorded in the same era. Outside Christian and Stella Vander, you might get some joy knowing that Bernard and Himiko Paganotti are related to the former Kobaian bassist and that this album is very related with Kohntarkosz. The third movement does start off (the first 9 minutes or so) in a unusual Magma fashion being more standard progressive. Quite unheard of and maybe a hint for future releases. The use of the flute is also unusual.

Magma is back and in prime form (they even credited some dog for this record) but on the downside of things and aside from an odd french line and some Maghreb yoddling (female youyous), there is not that much new under the Kobaian Sun.

If you are a fan, this is a must. If not , then investigate the classic 70's albums, first before this one. Guess on which side I am.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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