Kobaïa and the Magma Conundrum

Kobaïa and the Magma Conundrum

Kobaïan? Good question. It’s a language created by Magma drummer Christian Vander and assigned to the fictitious story he constructed over his band’s first few albums. There’s a bit about escaping from Earth only to return and be chased off again. But that’s all nonsensical framing. And since we can’t understand the lyrics without a sheet of proper translation, it’s utterly moot.

We can hear music, though.

It was the band’s first disc, a self titled effort, sometimes called Kobaïa the introduced Vander’s ensemble to the world. Over the next few discs, the band’s sound would slowly move away from a Canterbury conception of jazz related on not just this album, but it’s follow-up – that’s the one where everyone returns to earth. But it’s these first two discs that also dispense Magma’s most engaging music. Yeah, it’s still pretty fusiony, but not problematic as it would become on 1973’s Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh.