Konstrukt have a knack for getting super high-grade guests in for their recordings, and The Message: Live at Kargut is no exception. The big man of European free saxophone, Peter Brötzmann himself, joined the quartet for a long-form, high-energy exploration. 200 double vinyl copies, on Holiday Records.
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- The Message: Live at Kargart by Konstrukt and Peter Brötzmann
8/10 Robin Staff review, 19 January 2016
“Listen to the difficult jazz sounds, please” instructed Clinton atop his cushy throne of indie pop darlings. Thankfully, the Konstrukt quartet have here joined forces with avant-marathon runner saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, continuing their winning streak of rather ridiculous collaborations (remember that time they just like, did an album with Marshall Allen?). This record bursts onto the scene with the usual ex nihilo energy, the kind nobody has at the start of anything (citation: me and my bed, this morning, 8.45am), before dangling its rhythmic abandon like Roadrunner with one foot off the cliff edge. Soon enough the Konstrukt crew have managed to filter in all of their usual additives: guitars winding about like Causa Sui at a lulled tempo, plus a double bass played like a packed lunch full of badly wrapped tin foil. The crew willfully ignore the impeccably fast drum blasts that make this thing such a delight to listen to, which sound as unstoppable as Rashied Ali on a latter-day John Coltrane album.
As always, Konstrukt all depart with their individual intensities and meet up with them in tact later down the line: it’s towards the tail-end of “Part 1” where the guitars start to oscillate furiously, majestically marrying with Brötzmann’s sax-blown furor before the whole thing collapses. The second part sees our sax-guest go solo for a while before his hosts crash the party with a cacophony so synchronised it sounds like a cadence stretched into a full five minutes. They again navigate away with a drum performance that shifts the piece miles away from its original resting point, because Konstrukt are never just done with a piece of music. This collaboration is as nonsensically high-energy as you could’ve ever hoped for.
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