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  • #40147
    Johnny_Heartfield
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    @ toresan: Longest title? No. X. Find out yourself on "The All Is One". ;-)

    btw.: A Phanerothyme vinyl reissue is long overdue – somebody should put it on the agenda!

    #40148
    Punj Lizard
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    I haven't read it yet (I've only seen the headline and the first couple of lines) but there is a short article in the latest Prog magazine titled MOTORPSYCHO GO FOUR FOR FOUR!

    #40149
    dongonz
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    Johnny, i agree… Phanerothyme is one of the few LPs still missing in my collection (together with Timothys and Barracuda….)

    #40150
    Johnny_Heartfield
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    Prog Magazine July 2022:

    MOTORPSYCHO GO

    FOUR FOR FOUR!

    August’s Ancient Astronauts will be the

    Norwegians’ fourth album in as many years.

    Progressive psychedelic rockers Motorpsycho are to

    release their next LP, Ancient Astronauts, on August 19

    through Rune Grammofon. It will be the prolific Norwegian

    trio’s fourth full-length studio album in four consecutive years,

    following 2019’s The Crucible, 2020’s The All Is One and last year’s

    Kingdom Of Oblivion.

    Ancient Astronauts was recorded at Amber Tone Studios in

    Oslo, Norway, during the summer of 2021. As a result of travel

    restrictions at the time, the band’s longtime collaborator –

    Stockholm-based guitarist and keyboardist Reine Fiske – had to

    record his parts remotely.

    Unlike their conventional recording sessions, tracking for

    Ancient Astronauts was predominantly done live. The band played

    together in the studio to get the instrumental takes, before later

    adding overdubs and vocal lines.

    Musically, Motorpsycho describe the resulting album as “at

    times fairly frantic and angular yet grandiose and hypnotic. This

    is a very explorative offering without a whole lot of choruses.”

    Ancient Astronauts’ cover is a still from a film project that

    the band are currently working on, and was shot at dawn in the

    remote Norwegian village of Skotbu last August. Full details of the

    film are yet to emerge, as are updates on their tour plans, which

    follow on from their most recent European dates in May.

    For all the latest updates on Ancient Astronauts and the band’s

    other activities, go to http://www.motorpsycho.no.

    #40151
    Punj Lizard
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    Thanks Johnny H

    #40152
    suntripper
    Participant

    Just want to add: that edition of Prog also features a great article in memory of Alan White, whose passing deserves a mention. Rest in peace, Alan – great drummer and great man.

    #40153
    Punj Lizard
    Participant

    @ suntripper. Nice of you to mention Alan White here. I first saw Alan play with Yes in 1977 and have seen him with them a couple of dozen times more since then. As much as I preferred Bill Bruford's style, Alan was a truly great drummer who made those early Yes songs his own and thereafter really put his own stamp on the band's sound on Tales, Relayer, GFTO and everything since. Not a lot of people know that before Yes he played with both John Lennon and George Harrison! Sadly, shortly before his death, his storage was raided and the kit he played when he was with Lennon was stolen. Apparently he was a really lovely man as well as a great drummer. RIP.

    #40154
    suntripper
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    @Punj Lizard: Yes, one of the real good guys – and it comes across. Notable that he was Jon Anderson's best man. Technically, Bruford might be better but I actually prefer listening to Alan (and, as a drummer, I expect I've probably just committed some terrible faux-pas as far as the purists are concerned) and I think the post-Close to the Edge material benefitted from his style. He was no slouch, mind you, as Sound Chaser, for example, will demonstrate. I don't know whether you bought Progeny (I'm guessing, yes!) but I remember a review saying that it was Alan that was the revelation on those shows – really driving the band. You were lucky to see them in 1977. My first was a Drama-era show. While Trevor Horn was abysmal, the band, including Alan at the height of his powers, were really on form.

    Sorry, guys, for the deviation, but if Neil Peart can have a whole thread (and who can forget that one?!) then this is the least Alan deserves.

    #40155
    dongonz
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    15th is here… still no pre-order :D

    #40156
    otherdemon
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    Pre-order started @ Rune Grammofon.

    And additional info has turned up on Rune Gram's homepage:

    Considering the tight run of albums since the first part of the “Gullvåg Trilogy” in 2017 – three double and a single album in less than four years – the 16 months wait for Ancient Astronauts must feel like an eternity for the fans. And once again we are amazed at the creative forces and consistently high quality at work here.

    Much of the music here somehow continue in the manner of the band’s popular long form “N.O.X.” suite from The All Is One (2019) album, including “Mona Lisa/Azrael” and “Chariot Of The Sun – To Phaeton On The Occasion Of Sunrise (Theme From An Imagined Movie)”, the latter clocking in at 22 minutes, being the band´s longest instrumental track to date. Most of Ancient Astronauts was recorded in Amper Tone studio in Oslo during five days in August with old compadre Deathprod at the helm as producer. All four tracks are basically the band playing live in the studio, with the odd keyboards, bits of guitar and the vocals added afterwards. Some of it is in turns pretty frantic and angular or grandiose and hypnotic and is mined from the same sources as the band’s more explorative music from recent years. Meaning there aren’t many choruses to hang on to here, but plenty of mouthwatering music for fans and progheads alike. The album was mixed by Andrew Scheps.

    #40157
    mirai no maboroshi
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    Preorders started @ Stickman

    Francesco

    #40158
    Tomcat
    Participant

    Question is: Are Stickmann's Violet and Rune's Pink edition of the same colour/ batch?

    #40159
    ThorEgil
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    "All four tracks are basically the band playing live in the studio".

    I love that they are recording the album the jazz way. I guess this is a result of them playing the tracks live several times before entering the studio, and everything was already fitting together. The jazzy feeling is entering the album tracks.

    The new teaser on Instagram is sounding great.

    #40160
    Krist Rampage
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    There is a new teaser at Stickmans instagram page with some more video too. Absolutely incredible.

    #40161
    supernaut
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    hell yes! sounds more than promising.

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