Construction & Destruction / Steven Lambke
Revolution C

by Jim Di Gioia

November 29, 2018


There is a certain magical quality to the number three. Where two provides balance and polarity, three introduces unexpected and surprising variances. Three is a radical catalyst. Take the three songs that form Revolution C, the EP from Construction & Destruction’s Colleen Collins and David Trenaman and their long-time friend and occasional collaborator, Steven Lambke. Three songwriters and performers, separate and unique like the three primary colours, each bring their own perspective to the songs in a way that blends to formulate new colours and hues.

Revolution C is not a Construction & Destruction record with Steve Lambke as a guest, nor is it the other way around. It was not planned or proposed. A spur of the moment opportunity found the three friends with available studio time (Studio C at Toronto’s Revolution Recording, hence the name). “Failed Alchemy”, with its piano-heavy heart, balances the weightlessness of Collins’s near-whispered voice, which in turn acts as a counterpoint to her partner’s contribution, “Expanding Universe”. Trenaman’s track is at turns an eerie dirge and a soulful slow rock groove, framing the three friends’ haunting harmonies. Lambke’s “At the Start of a Song” is the ballad that bounces in the spaces between. Lambke’s meta-musings, quickly written after waking up in Daniel Romano’s house the morning after the last show of a tour is the free radical atom igniting a chemical reaction that burns throughout Revolution C.

You get the innate sense that the results would be markedly different had any more thought and time gone into the process; not diminished, just different in hue and tone. The trio suggests that there will be more collaborations, more new colours and musical connection to conjure. That’s not surprising; I imagine the energy generated in that studio on that particular day created momentum and energy that will be hard for Collins, Trenaman, and Lambke to contain.

Jim Di Gioia

Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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