King Crimson – The Construkction of Light (2000)
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About the Album
The Construkction of Light (stylised as The Construkction of Light) is the twelfth studio album by English band King Crimson, released in May 2000 by record label Virgin.
The Construkction of Light has the distinction of being the first studio album to be released by King Crimson without two longtime members (the first without drummer Bill Bruford, who debuted with the band for 1973’s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, and without bassist Tony Levin, who joined in 1981). The departure of these stalwarts brought an end to the “double trio”era of the band and their return to a quartet: Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto. Fripp was now not only the last remaining member from any lineup prior to 1981, but the only Englishman left as well.
Musically, the album bears a sound similar the 1980s lineup, with Mastelotto primarily playing e-drums and Belew, Gunn and Fripp often playing sophisticated, interlocking parts, with Belew and Fripp often utilizing overdriven guitar tones. However, the pace of these interlocking parts is often slower than in the ’80s, with Belew and Fripp often trading just single notes back and forth in hocket. As such, it presents a different twist on the gamelan approach of the ’80s era.
The album also harks back to previous eras, presenting sequels to old pieces. “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic – Part IV”continues a series of instrumental pieces forming a cross-album suite, primarily recalling motifs from part II. “FraKctured”began as a fifth entry in the “Larks”suite, but was later in the process considered closer “in lineage”to “Fracture”, the final track from 1974’s Starless and Bible Black, and thus renamed.