Wednesday, March 1, 2023

TEKE:TEKE - "Garakuta"

Photo by Samuel Woywitka

TEKE:TEKE is a Montreal based Japanese psych-rock band that are making wonderfully unique music. Their latest single, "Garakuta," sounds like nothing you've ever heard, and like so many things you've heard before, all at the same time. The closest artist I can compare TEKE:TEKE to is Gogol Bordello, but that's only because there is an odd Eastern European folk element to "Garakuta," or that could be similarities to sea shanties. As unique and odd as the song is, this isn't completely avant garde art rock. There is an odd accessibility to the song, and it's going to shock a lot of people with how much they enjoy it.

Maya Kuroki (vocals/guitar) explains the new song:

“Indeed, it’s a sort of anthemic song for the rebellion of wastes… I imagined a world where everything we throw out came back to protest… And I’m not necessarily only thinking from an environmental perspective, it is rather an analogy for anything or anybody that is cast out of society because they are considered useless by the norm.” 

You can watch the video for "Garakuta" below. Hagata is due out June 9 on Kill Rock Stars, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on TEKE:TEKE, check out the band's website.

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