Tagged: Behind the Sun, Kingdom of Oblivion, reviews
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March 13, 2021 at 14:47 #38585Johnny_HeartfieldParticipant
@ Punj Lizard: Don't worry – we'll get an excellent Motorpsycho version of "Watcher" – featuring "God" of courseMarch 13, 2021 at 15:45 #38586
@Johnny Heartfield: Of that I have no doubtMarch 15, 2021 at 16:20 #38587
these two reviews and one article I read somewhere else make me think more of The Tower than Timothy's Monster…March 18, 2021 at 19:44 #38588
@TraktorBass @Be â€“Â I agree. I think it has finally! (lol) sunk in for me that they are not esp interested in exploring those landscapes anymore. Which is fine, there's a time for everything, they had an exceptional good run, and perhaps those songs and landscapes are more a product of youth. I don't know. Iâ€™ve written this before. But now it's apparently time (not to skate) but to sail around in the Milky Way. I think perhaps BHBC and COTF was a wrap-up of sorts, a bookend.
But â€“Â I do feel like they've been venturing around and exploring this particular part of the Universe for quite some time now, prog-heaven, also Californian CSN-terrirtory, to many peoples excitement Iâ€™ve understood, but maybe not to mine. Iâ€™m more of a heavy-rock/indie/lofi â€œkidâ€. I just hope they land somewhere new(!) soon, not necessary more "accessible", but just somewhere new, for egoistic reasons. Some new exploration. Jazz or folk or acoustic or drone, or a combo: please! Or something I canâ€™t think about: It would just feel so *good* and *refreshing* to finally feel again. Feel them again. And not in the Lux Aerterna way, but in the less disciplined way. Perhaps w the Kingdom of Oblivion, though the reviews gives me the vibe of more of the same. Which is fine, I just don't spin the recent 10 records so often. I don't want to complain, it's just how it is. For me. I might just stop hoping, but I will never do, MP means a lot to me, still do, the concerts are still great, but man, the last time I saw them and they played Manmower, I was reminded of the insane power of those songs. Which they still channel. I just want more, lol.
And yes, excited to hear what they've got for us this time. I will never stop listening, appreciating, but also hoping, for more BLISS :STG:March 18, 2021 at 20:25 #38589TraktorBassParticipant
@bartok: I think you are spot on with your Â«product of youthÂ» comment.March 18, 2021 at 20:53 #38590
Well what happens when you play every day for 30 years? You became a better player. What to us might sound overly complicated – "proggy" – as opposed to the rather simple structures who focused more on moods and layers – "product of youth" – might come to them just as easy now as Timothy's Demon Blissard did back then. The tools at disposal changed, therefore the music. Then again, things like NOX floor me just as well like if not more than The Wheel or Plan #1 did (still do…). And that's a feat. And aren't we all excited for any new album? Do we yawn at shows through the new material, only waiting for the old classics and crowd pleasers finally to be served? An issue pretty much every other band with a past has to cope with. But not them. Because they're still brilliant and we are a cool bunch. :mrgreen: I just hope with all the exploring and experiments they keep writing catchy and tight killer songs like The Promise and The Magpie. But transcendental magic like NOX or Ship of Fools I wouldn't want to miss, either.March 18, 2021 at 21:40 #38591
and what I also think is a particularly good aspect of what MP does, is processing their study of western music history through their own unique filter transforming into new music, building on what has already been created by other greats
For example; I knew about Stravinsky, but they got me into Bartok. As well as into Magma,Groundhogs,Husker Du, you name it, loads of others.So with every new album, I trust them to offer me new links to music to be discoveredMarch 19, 2021 at 09:57 #38592mister conclusionParticipant
Just to add 2 more cents: apart from the obvious fact that MP have an enormous backlog of those "products of youth" we can all enjoy over and over again, there are lots of other great bands on this planet. As supernaut and JERO have pointed out, MP have developed over the years, they have become older and improved a lot as musicians. I still love to follow them on their way, even if some of the last albums don't touch me as much as the first ones did. They are still the best live band I can imagine. If you are missing the catchiness, heaviness or energy of the old MP you will find great, talented young bands out there, maybe the next MP are already on their way. Let us go and find them.
And btw after reading those first reviews I expect Kingdom Of Oblivion to be a chtchier and more accessible album than the ones from the Gullvag trilogy. That would be fine for me.March 20, 2021 at 17:13 #38593
Agree with you all, and def waiting for more new stuff, and no way man, no yawning at MP concerts. After the last one I thought I had finally developed tinnitus, so any yawning would be to equalize the pressure in my sinuses and brain ðŸ˜…
On another note I think itâ€™s a shame they seem to have left Kim HiorthÃ¸y for good, I thought it was just an exception w the GullvÃ¥g trilology as those records (obviously) used other artwork and deferred from the Rune Gramofon and MP formula. But MP seem to have a different sub-label of sorts on RG, instead of the normal old RCD they are filed as MPCD. Maybe this facilitates a different design, who knows. Anyway. I noticed that they also use the same designer for the Trondheim reissues (Maiden Voyage etc), so I guess itâ€™s a new alliance. I just find this approach more standard or something. More like products, less inspiring. I donâ€™t know, just me nerding out in the pandemic isolation. This might not be the right thread for all of this, just had to vent.
Peace out and sail on as we wait for Kingdom come! âœŒï¸March 20, 2021 at 18:34 #38594RatmausParticipant
Snah touched upon this subject in the edition of Sure OppstÃ¸t that was included with the Terje Brekkstad box thingie. If I remember correctly, he said something about feeling Â«outsmartedÂ» and Â«numbÂ» when presented to Kimâ€™s later output for them. As much as I love Kimâ€™s works, I must say Iâ€™m totally with Snah here. In fact, I might have held some of the 2010s albums in higher regard if the covers werenâ€™t so … bleak?March 20, 2021 at 19:51 #38595
Interesting. I agree, I donâ€™t think the RG/MP records have been super inspiring in the art department, lack of individuality. I thought it perhaps had to do w MP not really fitting into RGs pretty strict ECM-ish aesthetic. Oh well, it is how it is. Would love to hear/read Snahs comments, though I donâ€™t have the Brekkstad thingie. But it makes sense, perhaps commissioning artists to do the artwork and having a simple/ordinary typography is their resolve, though Iâ€™m not sure this is the right way. Hm, weâ€™ll see.March 20, 2021 at 21:05 #38596RatmausParticipant
Gotta say, though: both LLM (2008) and HMF (2010) are on my top five artwork-wise, among the Â«regularÂ« MP LPs. Ok, enough off-topic, I guess.March 24, 2021 at 22:00 #38597
JEROQuote:As well as into Magma,Groundhogs,Husker Du,
HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ got me into Motorpsycho. First time I've ever heard them was their take on New Day Rising on a HÃ¼DÃ¼ tribute album. Best cover on the album. And that hilarious Beatles ending. Bent told me Magma is the BEST BAND EVEEERRRR!!! but I still struggle a bit getting into them. :lol:March 25, 2021 at 11:43 #38598
From The ObeliskQuote:The heavy prog Kings in the North â€” Trondheim isnâ€™t TromsÃ¸, but itâ€™s far enough up â€”Â MotorpsychoÂ return on the relative quick after wrapping up a trilogy between 2017â€™sÂ The TowerÂ (review here), 2019â€™sÂ The CrucibleÂ (review here) and 2020â€™s Spellmannprisen-nominatedÂ The All is OneÂ (review here) with the new 70-minute 2LPÂ Kingdom of Oblivion, a record that seems to speak to current times without necessarily being of them stylistically. Also without not. Trust me, it makes sense.
Now, to be sure,Â MotorpsychoÂ are beyond review. I could say anything here and it doesnâ€™t matter. To new listeners, their massive, decades-spanning discography might seem insurmountable, and indeed it might very well be a lifetime project of listening. Even their post-Heavy Metal FruitÂ (2010 and on) catalog is a mountain to climb, and perhaps an intimidating prospect.
More than that, though,Â MotorpsychoÂ know what theyâ€™re doing and they have for some time.Â Kingdom of OblivionÂ enacts this massive span of work, but also makes it genuinely digestible with each side functioning as a piece of the whole. But withÂ Motorpsycho, thereâ€™s just about no way founding membersÂ Bent SÃ¦therÂ (bass, lead vocals) andÂ Hand Magnus â€œSnahâ€ RyanÂ (guitar/vocals) as well as Swedish import drummerÂ Tomas JÃ¤rmyr, with the band since 2017, arenâ€™t going to deliver the album they wanted to make.
Even as theyâ€™ve consistently explored varying textures and sides of alternative rock, indie, classic heavy riffs and vibes â€” dig that solo three minutes into â€œThe United Debasedâ€ â€” and keyboard-laced progressive serenity, among others, theyâ€™ve carved out an identity that is wholly their own and is maintained onÂ Kingdom of Oblivion.Â MotorpsychoÂ said they wanted to make a heavier record. So guess what? They did.
Of course itâ€™s not that simple even on its face, but with any newÂ MotorpsychoÂ release, the assumption going into it is that the listener is being placed in the hands of masters, and thatâ€™s basically how it works out acrossÂ Kingdom of Oblivionâ€˜s span. These players are not fools and they do not make foolish decisions in terms of craft. They cast purpose across the punchier beginning the record gets in â€œThe Waning Pt. 1 & 2â€ and â€œKingdom of Oblivionâ€ and the folkish harmonies of the subsequent â€œLady May 1,â€ the experimental atmospherics of â€œThe Watcher (Including the Crimson Eye)â€ and â€œDreamkillerâ€ after â€œThe United Debasedâ€ (which, yeah, fair), as they make ready to dig into the post-jazz â€œAtetâ€ and revive the more rocking progressions on â€œAt Empireâ€™s End,â€ offsetting with acoustic stretches as they careen between styles and motivations.
Kingdom of Oblivion, which on headphones functions with a smoothness thatâ€™s outright beautiful in how it uses bass to emphasize melody as well as rhythm alongside the guitar and drums, is patient in its execution and refuses to go anywhere it doesnâ€™t want to go, but that doesnâ€™t at all meanÂ MotorpsychoÂ are doing only one thing throughout, because theyâ€™re simply not. Even in the earliest going â€” which is unquestionably where the harder hitting material lies and is the first impression the band wanted to make as a lead-in for all that follows â€” the songs arenâ€™t entirely singular in their purpose as the second part of â€œThe Waningâ€ picks up motorik in the second half of that 7:30 track and the title-track meets its early fuzz with later wash of keys ahead of the guitar solo that borders on orchestral.
None of these moves are particularly unexpected forÂ Motorpsycho, but that doesnâ€™t make the journey less thrilling, and their embrace of a heavier push early gives the subsequent semi-extended pieces like â€œThe United Debasedâ€ (9:04), â€œAt Empireâ€™s Endâ€ (8:36) and â€œThe Transmutation of Cosmoctopus Lurkerâ€ (10:56) â€” each one featuring on its own side like the showcase work it is â€” all the more of a dynamic range to work from. Same goes for the acoustic work throughout and other more classically progressive moments.
â€œLady May 1â€ feels like a nature-worshiping take onÂ Simon & GarfunkelÂ (thatâ€™s a compliment) and though â€œDreamkillerâ€ surges from its minimal beginning to striking heft, it flows easily to the wandering guitar of the two-minute â€œAtetâ€ ahead of the grooving volume trades and engrossing payoff that â€œAt Emipreâ€™s Endâ€ provides, backed by â€œThe Hunt,â€ a folkier jaunt that teasesÂ Tull-ish storytelling without going all-in with the flute and leg kick. Fair enough.
The softest and quietestÂ MotorpsychoÂ get onÂ Kingdom of OblivionÂ is on side D, where the subdued â€œAfter the Fairâ€ and the closer â€œCormorantâ€ surround on either side of â€œThe Transmutation of Cosmoctopus Lurker.â€ As for the quizzically named longest cut on the record itself, it is duly dizzying in its riffs and solo work and melodically grand, vocals hitting an apex in the midsection leading to a guitar-and-keys chase that is, yes, head-spinning inÂ King Crimsony tradition. They bring it down, threaten to build it up again, then leave it to quietest bass and ambience to cap, with silence as prelude to â€œCormorantâ€â€˜s avant, far-off marching finish. An epilogue well earned, and they know it.
Hereâ€™s the thing. Yes,Â MotorpsychoÂ put out a lot of records. Canâ€™t be denied. I wonâ€™t pretend to have heard all of them. Yes, they have a history that goes back to 1989. Yes, itâ€™s a lot. What matters more than quantity of the work theyâ€™ve done/do, however, is of course the quality of that work, andÂ withÂ Kingdom of Oblivion,Â MotorpsychoÂ emphasize that the most essential moment is not the past but the present.
MotorpsychoÂ are creating pivotal heavy progressive and psychedelic rock right now. Not in 1989. Not in 2015. Now. Before you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on listening to them, not knowing where to start and so on, stop for a second and take it one thing at a time.Â Kingdom of Oblivion, oddly enough since some of it was recorded at the same time, works as an entry point even better than the prior trilogy because while one can hardly call it restrained across its run, it nonetheless brings to light so much of what makesÂ MotorpsychoÂ the crucial and influential band they are. Iâ€™m not saying ignore history and context altogether, butÂ Kingdom of OblivionÂ stands on its own and is worth experiencing in that light.March 27, 2021 at 09:01 #38599
8 points from streetclip.de
English translation from German by Google:Quote:Since their inception, MOTORPSYCHO have always been good for surprises. Standing still is the death of the artist. Accordingly, they are one of the most ardent and active rock groups: â€œIt is important for us not to become an oldie band wallowing in nostalgia, and the only way to avoid this is to look ahead and try Making music that lives up to who we are. If you show us your appreciation by also buying the new albums and not just screaming for the old oldies, then everything has been worth it for us. That's all we can ask for. Thank you very much! â€And we say thank you, for all these years and for the last great deeds, the GullvÃ¥g trilogy: 'The Tower' (2017), 'The Crucible' (2018) and 'The All Is One' (2020).
Now it is time again for MOTORPSYCHO to explore new territory, to combine material that didnâ€™t fit in with the albums in the end, with new ideas, in order to be able to spoil the following in spring 2021 with Â´Kingdom Of OblivionÂ´. The fact that MOTORPSYCHO take on the MOTÃ–RHEAD song Â´The WatcherÂ´ on their brand new release and mix it with their own song ideas under the title Â´The Crimson EyeÂ´ raises the hope for an announced riff and hard rock heavy work. The fact that they dedicate the fine instrumental Â´CormorantÂ´ to Peter Green, Danny Kirwan and Martin Birch opens the horizon for FLEETWOOD MAC from afar; and that they also dedicate the instrumental Â´AtetÂ´ to singer and guitarist Bert Jansch from PENTANGLE, lets the clouds of Folk-Prog-Rock come up.
Of course, in old age, maturity and the insight that the unusualness and brilliance of a composition are decisive comes before the youthful zeal, as fast and heavy as possible. In 2020, MOTORPSYCHO did not, of course, mutate into an old man's combo, with mushrooms growing on its head from boredom. If Â´Kingdom Of OblivionÂ´ is using leftovers from the past years, the mushroom creations were stored quite well. Because the entire work is a cloudy dream. Airy and velvet enveloped tones sprout like from another world and show no desire to wake up from it again.
In this way, but of course in typical MOTORPSYCHO manner, the tense Â´The Waning (Pt.1 & 2) Â´ rocks for seven and a half minutes at the opening (â€œThe waning has begun, no choice for anyone.â€) And ends with a clatter and a squeaky sound. Subsequently, Â´Kingdom Of OblivionÂ´ searches for seconds for the Â´Houses Of The HolyÂ´, but prefers to find the door to Psych Rock ("Kingdom of oblivion – I'm your subject, I'm your man. Kingdom of oblivion – I will stay here." if I can. ").
Â´Lady MayÂ´ descends very playfully with acoustic guitar and Mellotron into the levels of 70s songwriting. MOTORPSYCHO try their hand at an LED ZEP riff in Â´The United DebasedÂ´ for nine minutes, jam-rock and finally indulge in bright bright colors on top of that. Â´DreamkillerÂ´ glides over gentle waves before the song explodes raw and wild. The nine-minute Â´At Empire's EndÂ´ move monumentally (â€œLet it bleed, let it burn, let it be, let me yearn, and turn your lovelight on for me so I can see, where to go, how to be free and who to be. Turn your lovelight on for me! ") as well as the ten-minute Â´The Transmutation Of Cosmoctopus LurkerÂ´.
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