French prog-rock band whose albums elaborate a linked sf narrative about Kobaïa, a planet of spiritually enlightened humans who, having left Earth to form a new Utopian civilization, are now apparently attempting to communicate their wisdom to us. Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh (1973) is characteristic: musically an arresting blend of atonal classical and jazz influences, all tracks are sung in a weird Germanic-sounding invented language. In terms of the overarching narrative, this album concerns the "time of hatred", prior to the departure for Kobaïa, which had been covered on the group's first album Magma (Kobaïa) (1970). Köhntarkösz (1974), and Üdü Wüdü (1976) flesh out further details in the Kobaïa narrative, or might if the invented language in which they are sung were more comprehensible. [AR]
see also: SF Music.
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