Dutch instrumentalists RMFTM have released the third and final instalment in their ‘Subversive’ album trilogy: ‘Subversive III: De Spelende Mens’.

Throughout the Subversive series RMFTM have sought to deconstruct and rebuild their creative process, pushing themselves to the limit with each and every release and Subversive III see’s their industrial krautrock take on it’s most incessant, angular and adventurous form – taking cues from the sonic industrialism of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Coil and the kinetic motorik rhythms of NEU!, Faust and Amon Duul II.


Talking of the series as a whole, RMFTM explains: The triptych of records is set out to explore new ideas. We wanted to crystallize our will and desires with this group by a subversion of our own context and boundaries. Subversion and transgression isn’t about breaking the rules, it’s about stepping outside the rules, outside the defined field. On ‘Subversive I’, we explored conceptual ideas on minimalism and repetition – it was about holding back and creating tension. ‘Subversive II: Splendor of the wicked’ is more copious, awake and a celebration of a distinct focus. And with ‘Subversive III: De Spelende Mens: we deliberately brought new equipment we weren’t comfortable with and spent a year learning new techniques, creating and shaping new pieces of work over countless sessions.”

Clearly immensely dedicated to their craft and the artistic integrity and quality of their work, the band draws their influences from a whole range of mediums outside of music, such as literature or philosophy – with the album taking its name from the work of Dutch historian/cultural theorist Johan Huizinga:

“The album is named after a text by Huizinga called ‘Homo Ludens/De Spelende Mens’, literally translated as ‘the playing man’. For Huizinga, the playing man lies at the base of all culture; ‘playfulness is what happens when people have satisfied their primary needs, thus forming the basis of all cultures’. There are conditions attached though – the act must be a free act, for it is art born out of pure imagination that manufactures whole new worlds.”