Album Review: Konstant Singularity – Randomnicity

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Konstant Singularity is the pet of guitarist, composer and producer Konstantin Ilin, and Randomnicity is his sophomore studio album which features drummer Alex Vostrikov.

I guess that Konstant Singularity started as a kind of improvised act but with enough rock elements and energy to give them entry to that camp too. The other labels like avant rock, jazz rock, post-rock, electronic, psychedelic and prog rock old and new have been added. It’s closer to the truth that the project has defined a genre on their own through the music. Anyhow, Randomnicity is still instrumental improvised music. Sometimes so brutal that the headaches threaten, dominated by impressive energetic drums and bass, and glowing guitar parts. But Ilin also knows when to calm down, relax and create beautiful lyrical soundscapes. As far as I can hear, this cannot be all improvisation; at least there has to be some planning in advance when to calm down or heat up things. Most of time the music is somewhere in between; seldom really melodic and never pure noise. The album comes as a “name-your-price” digital download, bringing 11 tracks—between 3 and 9 minutes of playtime.

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I am particularly fascinated by the tracks where the calmer parts and Ilin’s guitar dominate more than usual. The opening track “Echo of Your Voice” starts alarmingly melodic with rhythm section passage to Ilin’s layered guitarwork. “Double Zero” brings heavy hitting by Vostrikov accompanied by underlying bass, jazz guitar noodling and ambient piano part that add up to the overall fuzziness. There are so many other moods and sounds involved here. For instance, the almost 9-minute “Hyacinth Sky” is a match to a symphony that constantly changes pace and moods. It features Hammond organ and bass interplay with a repetitive distorted guitar that goes on, a keyboard solo over the wall of guitar riffs and rhythm section groove machine, as well as guitar soloing inspired by early works of David Gilmour with Pink Floyd. Ilin continuous exploring of vast and unknown is unpredictable, but he is indeed on a look for the right tones, and without doubt he succeeds in reaching and putting them right where they belong.

Randomnicity is an album that sneaks from behind; it’s melodic and noisy, but most importantly it’s an album which doesn’t loose any of its edge. A very fascinating record that asks for time, and time is something we definitely don’t lack of.

The album is available from Bandcamp.

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