KŌZŌ 構造

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Kōzō 構造 are a math-rock/post-rock quintet from Lebanon founded in 2016. Their debut album ‘Tokyo Metabolist Syndrome’, produced by Tunefork Studios’ Fadi Tabbal, was self-released in September 2019. The record is made up of mostly instrumental tracks characterized by intricate arrangements of overlaying guitars, counterpoints and odd drum rhythms with the occasional bursts of noise. The album is, in a sense, a tribute to their love of architecture (given that 3/5 members are full-time architects), more specifically their fascination with Japanese structures, where most of the tracks get their name. The music also hints to Arabic-dubbed Japanese anime shows which used to air on Lebanese TV, with the band’s vocal harmonies evoking the nostalgic soaring melodies of the soundtrack. Kōzō 構造 have been active in the Beirut alternative scene since early 2016, playing shows across the country for 3 years while working on the songs that would become their debut album. Their live setup has seen a few changes before settling into the current line up: Charbel Abi Chakra (bass, vocals), Camille Cabbabe (guitar), Georges Flouty (guitar, vocals) Andrew Georges (vocals, guitar), and Elie El Khoury (drums).