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yek koo is the solo project of visual and performing artist Helga Fassonaki (half of free psych duo Metal Rouge), often appearing in a ragged stripped-down cloak of distorted guitar, wailing vocals, pocket trumpet, cassette loops, and body movements.  Originally from Los Angeles, she spent the last few years in the East Coast refining her own language for navigating the terrain of performance both with and without ‘the missing element’ – the live contact between audience and performer.  Exploring the relationship between space, body, microphone, and breathe, yek koo sculpts sound in the moment allowing for horn exclamations and sparse rhythms to move within and against the physicality of space and matter.

Fassonaki has performed at Audio Foundation Gallery (Auckland, NZ), Open Melody Festival at UC Irvine (CA), Ear&Eye Festival (Auckland, NZ), On Land Festival (San Francisco), Human Resources (LA), Public Fiction (LA), Whitney Biennial 2012 (NYC), KCHUNG radio (Chinatown, LA), Cafe Oto (London, UK), and a multitude of other galleries, venues, and radio stations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with an upcoming cassette release on Drawing Room Records.

UPCOMING SHOWS
RADIO CONCEPT TOUR

Yek koo live at Purple Rain with EYE and Kathleen Kim – Dunedin, NZ – October 30, 2015

DISCOGRAPHY

2014  l’interieur de la vue, yek koo + Zaimph CS (Obsolete Units)

2013  Desolation Peak, yek koo LP (Emerald Cocoon)         

2012  Love Song for the Dead C, yek koo LP (Emerald Cocoon)           

2011   Oh Woman / Flame Creation, Alone Together #3, Yek koo 7” (Emerald Cocoon)

2010  I Saw Myself, Yek koo CS (Stunned Records)

2008   Psychic Atonement for Land Deaths, Yek Koo CDr (Foxy Digitalis)

2007   Reality Cinder-Blocks, yek koo business card Cdr (CLaudia)

              A Plea For A Night Desert Blue Moon Storm, Yek Koo Cdr, (Seymour Records)

2006   covert Loadstones, 7” lathe-cut solo (A Binary Datum)

              Auckland Gems, Cdr I-V, Crease Container Project, Next Wave Festival (self-release)

2005   Wire and String Aerobics, solo Cdr (self-release)

             Closed-Loop Vibration, 7” solo lathe-cut record (self-release)

LISTEN

SOUNDCLOUD

BANDCAMP

PRESS

“…The voice is one of the strongest elements; forlorn plaints, hideous doomed wails and anguished sobs that you’d need a heart of stone to remain untouched.”  – Review of Desolation Peak, Ed Pinsent – The Sound Projector, January 5, 2015 

…There’s a bloodymindedness to the way she can wrestle single blats of electricity into fistfuls of pugilistic fuzz, somehow connecting raggedy blues form with the most desolate No Wave. And her vocal phrasing is dazzling, rolling with the fuzz and disarticulating rhythms and line-soundings to the point of post-tongue…” – David Keenan – Volcanic Tongue, 2014

“For me, the album’s music isn’t about Fassonaki’s personal mythology. Rather, it’s enervating drone-giutar-psych-noise, like Spacemen 3 covering Sonic Youth’s Confusion Is Sex, but if they were just one guy, and that guy was actually Vampira.” – Review of Desolation Peak, LA Record, 2014

“…sudden eruptions of usurped rock logic, entering into a kind of hallucinatory zone where female vocals orbit strange strings while amplifiers trade heat and static and that classic run-out-groove appeal of The Dead C’s classic recordings is smeared to the point of dissolve.” – Volcanic Tongue, 2012

“…This is an awkward, brittle, muddy record, like if Dirty Beaches dropped their pop side and went for mega-slow experimental psych weirdness instead. Unusual.” – NormanRecords on ‘Love Song for the Dead C’ LP, 2012

“Fassonaki gives voice to some primal, almost guttural utterances…” – Henry Hobson, April 26, 2014 in Culture, Music

“NYC” NOISE ALBUM OF THE MONTH: ZAIMPH & YEK KOO – Village Voice, April 2014

Review of Desolation Peak – Esoterrorist, April 7, 2014

Review of Desolation Peak – Decayke, January 31, 2014

Review of yek koo, ‘Alone Together’  – Raised by Gypsies, June 9, 2014

Review of ‘Love Song for the Dead C’ – Decoder Magazine, October 4, 2013

Interview: The Night We Talked For Hours – Decayke, May 1, 2013