The French experimental rock group Magma wrote so much material during its 1970s heyday that it’s still recording some of it—take, for example, its most recent album, Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré, which measures up to some of the group’s classic works. Reviewing the album in this week’s City Paper, Brandon Wu writes:
Magma created an in-depth mythology that forms the basis of their music, including a made-up language (the oddly Germanic-sounding Kobaian) in which all their lyrics are written and sung. In the process, they created an entire subgenre of music, known as “zeuhl”—repetitive, highly rhythmic vocal music that sounds like Stravinsky’s Les Noces with a touch of jazz.
Read the full review here.