Konstruktivists – A Disassembly (Dark Entries, March 2016)

While Dark Entries boss Josh Cheon has already announced his now traditional late Spring Italo “package” (and it’s outstanding this year), the label is clearly not giving into the sunny season quite yet. Enter stage left the Konstruktivists, ‘perverting our ears since 1980’, as they themselves proudly declare. In truth this is British industrial aristocracy, and ear-perversion of a very thoughtful, intricate kind. The man behind the project is the harshly handsome Glenn Michael Wallis aka, amongst other things, N.K.D.V., who has a curriculum that includes Heute, Throbbing Gristle and Whitehouse as well as some nice solo work (when someone puts his Industrial Surrealist compilation on vinyl it’ll be too late).

The Konstruktivits album (for this is the right spelling on this particular occasion)A Disassembly, originally published by Dobson and Hope’s legendary Flowmotion magazine in 1983, is a dark humid cavern of a record. Hellishly ill, yet contained, very stern but rather contemplative too. An elegant seriousness carries the show: the lovely “Kalm” is quite the droney gem, more Colin Potter than Throbbing Gristle, “Beirut” has a fuzzy electric guitar perform a clangy Middle-Eastern impression reminiscent of a more masculine Muslimgauze, whilst “Karnal” treads the glorious but difficult line between an organic palette of sounds and a hazy luminosity from outer space. A Disassembly is a typical but particularly adult, expert and experimental British industrial record. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, maybe March 2016 is the time when it can become it.

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