Kotra – Cicada
Kotra delve deep into a raw electronic sound with the pummeling gritty grooves of “Cicada”. Full of intensity, Kotra nicely pairs elements of power electronics with industrial grey slabs of rhythm, ensuring the entire album possesses a visceral energy. Textural exploration results in rather surreal careening soundscapes, ones whose relentless experimentation knows no bounds. By opting for such an approach everything works wonders in how it creates weird wild universes. Every piece plays off the last, resulting in a strange wordless journey that emerges. Melody does not exist for these tracks move into pulsing alien worlds.
Broken and beat down, “Magicicada, Cycle Opened” starts things on a high note. From the harsh noise and distortion, Kotra teases a rhythm out of all this madness. Layer upon layer is applied in an almost painterly fashion while Kotra chooses such a relentless quality to their style, even giving it a slight nod towards mysticism about halfway through. Quieter in nature but no less all-consuming in its approach “Vertical Will” screams by with hyperactive beats and strange surreal swirls feedback. Going further into the rabbit hole “Horizontal Delay” follows up where “Vertical Will” left off, letting everything simply melt away. Easily the highlight of the album comes from the incredible harshness of “A Song For The Sun” which possesses an infectious spirit, with haunting tones that linger in the mind. Closing things off with an aural assault is “Don’t Forget, Exit”.
“Cicada” shows Kotra transforming the background electric sounds of the world into something that becomes outright brutal, even confrontational in its crazed maniacal approach.