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Kingdom of Oblivion

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  1. Ozzak
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  2. the conscience
    Member

    first (really!) good news this year

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. Punj Lizard
    Member

    I could say I'm happy about this news but that would be an understatement.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. supernaut
    Member

    A new schläger? Already??? Feels TAIO’s been out for just a few months. Well I did doze a lot through 2020, but still...

    So the boys have been busy, fine for us!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. Flippern
    Member

    Wow! I'm guessing they're for now done with the whole Gullvåg trilogy sound and are moving on to something new. Very exciting.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. supernaut
    Member

    yes my thoughts, too. I was wondering last night where they'd go now. For no particular reason at all I imagine this one will be a bit more mellow. Just a gut feeling. Still somewhat "proggy" but also more on the acoustic guitar side, with strings and keys and shorter songs. Maybe the IALC of nowadays? Well, depends who's on the record with them. If anyone at all.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. punknotyet
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    BTW, according to Stickman, release date is April 16:
    https://www.stickman-records.com/motorpsycho-announce-new-album-kingdom-of-oblivion/!
    I thought "in a couple of months" means May-July - it's good to be wrong :).
    Plus it's 2LP long .

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. welcomehome
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    @supernaut Official instapost is @ing Reine, Helge and Andrew Scheps. So guess Andrew is producing this one as well.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. Hercules Wolftrap
    Member

    Clear vinyl again
    Rune Grammofon

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. Oh yes :)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. Elvin
    Member

    Good news! Love Mallings work, great artist!
    I wonder, and hope, if the new visual direction and the declared ending of the Gullvåg era have any impact on their sound? I get the impression from Bents text that this is something else. Thought not exactly a happy cover, at least it looks very different from all the Gullvåg darkness

    @supernaut Official instapost is @ing Reine, Helge and Andrew Scheps. So guess Andrew is producing this one as well.

    Produced by Deathprod, mixed by Andrew S perhaps? ( more pandemic, do not travel abroad or anywhere else for that matter-friendly)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. nicoot
    Member

    Presale at Stickman starts Friday March 5th at 11h00 CET!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. marc
    Member

    Great news! I suspect they have the follow-up to this one already finished with so much time at hand For some reason, (probably the cover being predominantly white) I also get a feel this one might be more light-footed. Not necessarily mellow, but not as heavy and dense both mentally and sound-wise. Say TM Disc 1 for example....noisy stuff that still doesn't smother you sonically. Anyway, great to "wild-guess" as this new chapter can basically go everywhere. April can't come soon enogh.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. marc
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    Sverre Malling, the creator of the artwork, posted the drawing in 2019, accompanied by the following text:

    ´As a god self-slain on his own strange altar,
    Death lies dead`

    «A dead garden crumbles into the sea, taking death along with it. "Fly, white butterflies, out to sea". A catalogue of fragile, exquisite things, the bust of Algernon Charles Swinburne as imagined by Sverre Malling. Clovers, putrefying skin, a single butterfly and the gaze of the poet, looking forth from the flowers to the sea. Swinburne’s interminably beautiful poems circle obsessively around streams, rivers, the ocean. "Slow sea rise… fields that lessen... meadow drinking deep gulfs". The decadent eco-prophet lies on the forsaken garden altar. Swinburne wrote of the painting by Caravaggio of Medusa: "Her hair, close and curled, seemed ready to divide into snakes". In death, his own hair has divided beautifully into mushrooms.» — Martin Svedman

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algernon_Charles_Swinburne
    Nerd up, 'nauts!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. Punj Lizard
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    @ marc - thanks for that info on Malling and Swinburne.

    I'm interested to see how much symmetry there is between the music/lyrics and the artwork and its subject. I'm also curious to find out how much the style/look of the artwork has any resonance in the style/sound of the music. I've mentioned before that I'd love to hear the band put together a semi-acoustic album along the lines of Led Zeppelin III, Neil Young's After the Goldrush, and David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name... Perhaps something like supernaut describes in his post above. In any case, even though I didn't like the new cover at first glance, I've been drawn deeper into it and am really intrigued by its contrasts with the Gullvag covers, but also by its weirdly dark, psychedelic yet warmly pastoral themes.

    A change of sonic palette would be welcome (not that I've anything against the three albums that have gone before), but I wonder how much of the material originates in the recordings for The All Is One, because earlier reports from the band suggested there was a lot more material in the can than was released. Deathprod's and Schepps' involvement might indicate that at least some of it comes from those recording sessions, but then again wasn't there also more recent news of time spent in studio? I know all this speculation is mostly pointless (other than the fun and satisfaction I get from speculating in and of itself), and I'm guessing it won't be long before Monsiuer Le Bad lays much of the details on us, but for now, I live in excited anticipation of the music to come.

    I've already read on one forum a couple of people decrying the rate at which the band release new music - "less is more", "quality over quantity" etc. To my mind, the quality is so high and the journey so full of unexpected turns that in this particular band's case less simply cannot be more. Thank you Motorpsycho for always keeping it interesting and for not taking your foot off the gas.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. JERO
    Member

    "MORE is more!"

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. Johnny_Heartfield
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    From the cover I presume it's going to be less heady stuff - more in the psychedelic freak folk direction, with mushy sound and mushroom head keyboard swirls all over the place and spidery guitar solos with lots of ant- or beetle-like notes creeping underneath
    Heads off to Motorpsycho! Btw: More Is More! With MP anyway!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. fiatlux
    Member

    Early Genesis?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. supernaut
    Member

    Second that. More is more as proven since 1989. It seems they’re just constantly at it. What‘s the longest break from playing/working they ever took? A month maybe? They‘d have to have to release an album every three months to ever have a weak obsolete album. Considering the re-released box sets, that amount of temporarily shelved stuff in there speaks volumes. Can‘t compare them to other bands with „ordinary“ schedules, partially due to contractual obligations as well, though, I guess.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. supernaut
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    Speaking of shelving: Maybe songs developed through the Gullvag trilogy which didn‘t fit in ended up on this one. Like what gave us Barracuda in the height of their pop years...

    Maybe it‘s totally brütal metal onslaugt

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. Johnny_Heartfield
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    Maybe Bent's got the chance to demonstrate his liking of Roy Harper on this one - after the title reference on TAIO (TSOR). Just wishful thinking...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. Punj Lizard
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    I just read an interview with Bent from November in which he said that the new music he'd recently listened to included Idles, Black Midi, Astrosaur, Smerz, Ultraflex and Valkyrien Allstars. Maybe some of that will have had an influence.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  23. The Other Anders
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    The new albums are piling up! The Tower took me a couple of years to fully digest. The Crucible is probably peaking in these ears right about now, though the title track is still growing, and I just recently was able to pop the lid on TAIO. Haha, what a luxury "problem". I start to wonder what I can do to pay them back just a fraction of what they give me. One is for sure: This life would not have been the same without Motorpsycho. I feel so blessed.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. kjellepelle
    Member

    From todays Klassekampens Musikkekstra regarding the cover (In Norwegian):

    Motorpsycho
    «Kingdom of Oblivion»
    Stickman Records/RuneGrammofon
    Forrige uke ble det altså annonsert nytt album fra institusjonen Motorpsycho. Ikke fryktelig mange detaljer om musikken på albumeter offentlig, enn så lenge. Foreløpig foreligger slippdatoen 16. april. Og litt mer utfyllende info om omslaget. For der de siste tre studioalbum har vært prydet av malerier av Håkon Gullvåg, er dennegang den umiddelbart umiskjennelige blyantstreken til Sverre Malling ifront. Vi fikk en rask kommentar fra Malling:
    – Jeg fikk en forespørsel fra Motorpsycho om å tegne platecover til albumet.Der tittelkuttet, «Kingdom of Oblivion», handler om opiat-epidemien.Etter å ha satt meg inn i de billedlige assosiasjonene, foreslo jeg en fersk tegning som jeg mente kunne passe. Og da vokalist Bent og Håvard Gjelseth(grafisk designer, også kjent bl.a. for omfattende arbeid med Crispin GloverRecords, journ.anm.) så denne tegningen, fant de både en relasjon til, og en forlengelse av tittelen. Ved å tegne både logo og platetittel for hånd, ble også resultatet en komposisjon mer direkte relatert til plata.
    MB

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. Punj Lizard
    Member

    Google translation of above:

    Motorpsycho
    Kingdom of Oblivion
    Stickman Records / RuneGrammofon
    Last week, a new album was announced from the institution Motorpsycho. Not terribly many details about the music on albums publicly, than so far. The release date is currently 16 April. And a little more complementary info about the cover. Because where the last three studio albums have been adorned with paintings by Håkon Gullvåg, this time the immediately unmistakable pencil line by Sverre Malling is in front. We got a quick comment from Malling:
    - I received a request from Motorpsycho to draw a record cover for the album. The title cut, "Kingdom of Oblivion", is about the opiate epidemic. After getting acquainted with the pictorial associations, I suggested a recent drawing that I thought could fit . And when vocalist Bent and Håvard Gjelseth (graphic designer, also known for extensive work with Crispin GloverRecords, journ.anm.) Saw this drawing, they found both a relation to, and an extension of the title. By drawing both the logo and the record title by hand, the result was also a composition more directly related to the record.
    MB

    @ Kjellepelle - thanks

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. cloudhawker
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    @Punj Lizard If Idles, Black Midi, Astrosaur, Smerz, Ultraflex and Valkyrien Allstars is what Bent listened to I really have no idea what the album is going to sound like....

    Posted 2 months ago #
  27. Kid A
    Member

    @cloudhawker Not like an Idles Album, that’s for sure

    Posted 2 months ago #
  28. cloudhawker
    Member

    @Kid A Haha no God forbid. Not like any single one of those bands I presume.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  29. Tomcat
    Member

    More details appearing online:

    https://prettyinnoise.de/shop/vinyl/motorpsycho-kingdom-of-oblivion-16-04-2021/

    SPOILERS

    (...) "their most riff- and metal-heavy album to date since "heavy metal Fruit". // It's as if The Incredible String Band, Fleetwood Mac and Bert Jansch had enlisted the help of Tony Iommi for a joint session."

    Posted 2 months ago #
  30. supernaut
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    mycrystalball wrote

    Maybe it‘s totally brütal metal onslaugt

    Posted 2 months ago #

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