Combine Sonic Youth’s noise excursions, John Zorn’s effortless cool and Sun Ra’s electronic/fusion phase, and you might reach the cosmic heights of Konstrukt and Keiji Haino’s newest album. Which has a mouthful of a name: A Philosophy Warping, Little by Little that Way Lies a Quagmire (Live).
The two-track album is a live performance of the 2017 record of the same name, and is taken from a concert at Istanbul’s SalonIKSV. It hears Konstrukt, an established free jazz group from the Turkish capital, and Tokyo-based noise icon Haino embark on an adventure to the outskirts of jazz and improv.
Simply put, the album’s full of the ferocity, urgency and life-giving energy you’d expect from modern-day avant garde jazz. Konstrukt’s multi-instrument virtuosity and motorik-style groove lay the groundwork for Haino’s electric guitar explosions and violent, horrorshow vocals. A Philosophy Warping is not a sit-back listen—it’s meant to lean into.
The album drops on August 31 via Karl Records, but here’s a snippet to whet the appetite: