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Konstrukt & Mcphee, Joe – “Babylon” – [Roaratorio]

mickeyslim   11/5/2014   12-inch, A Library

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Spacey, hectic, squeaks and squallors that slow and build in a sonic meditation.

Konstruct is a Turkish free-jazz/improv group that teamed up with Joe McPhee to create this album from Roaratorio Records. McPhee met the group through Peter Brotzmann during a festival in Istanbul, so they decided to play an impromptu gig (without practicing) at a venue called “Babylon,” from which this release gets it’s name.

A great mix of both Konstruct and McPhee; neither of them really takes control, but instead swim together, keeping each other afloat. My favorite is the track “Involution” meaning the slow decrepitude of internal organs, or a function that is equal to it’s inverse. The track, like the old city of Babylon, rises and crumbles. The last track, “Kek’e” (Turkish for billy goat), is a little more soothing.

Lots of stuff going on here, and 4 x 10ish-minute long tracks on this nice slab of black vinyl.

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