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  1. gyankumar
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    Just received a pre-copy of the eggplant.

    Hell (part 1-3) (9:47)
    A catchy bastard somewhere between HMF and TDDU. Very stoner rock like. For sure this track will grow live and probably turn into a long jam.
    Killer riff and excellent forward driving bass through the whole song. In hear you hear an example of how tight the band has become and how much they enjoy playing together. And yes! Thin Lizzy!!! The solo part after five minutes features a classical double guitar rock solo alla Thin Lizzy.
    The last part fades out with nice bass lines and guitar drones.

    August (4:52)
    Prog rock pop tune reminds of the early Camel and Caravan. Very sunny-happy track with excellent guitar solo through the middle part to the end..
    But man what a solo. Fast tight playing and incredibly feeling.

    Barleycorn (Let It Come/Let It Be) (7:18)
    Mellow acoustic start with beautiful vocal parts. Atmospherically it would have fit nicely on the Unicorn.
    The riff sounds almost like Led Zeppelin to me. Snah sings quite beautifully. The refrain has a C.S.N feeling to it.

    Ratcatcher (17:10)
    Great guitar opener from R. Fiske, I believe. After two minutes the song falls into a, by now, classical MP vocal line and chorus.
    The song gives a lot of space to both guitarists and a long psychedelic jam, before returning to the theme and gliding in a beautiful soft guitar rendition of the melody.

    The Afterglow (5:57)

    Once again Bent seduces with his dreamy broken voice and acoustic guitar. Accompanied by beautiful bass and guitar the song reaches climax when the whole band joins. What follows could be a Lynyrd Skynyrd song and Snah tops it with a very warm and sunny solo.

    Total: 46 mins

    To be honest the record offers no surprises. Almost like I know the record by heart after the first encounter.If you've experienced MP live during the last years you'll feel very familiar with all the material. That's of course no weakness, but maybe I expected a more experimental and jazzier record with this line up.
    Having seen R. Fiske live with Svenska Kaputt, I was hoping for more of a personal fingerprint. Don't get me wrong, Fiske plays very subtle and provides beautiful nuances to the classical MP trio sound.
    Somehow I'll not count this one as a 'regular' Motorpsycho Album, since to me this is more of a summary of the bands touring and writing process.

    I wish the band a beautiful tour and hope that they will take a break for recreation.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. supernaut
    Member

    spoilers!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. surftex
    Member

    "The Afterglow" on CD at april-issue of german "visions"-magazine.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  4. Phoots Flower
    Member

    spoiler

    1 Hell, part 1-3
    performer:
    Kenneth Kapstad, Hans Magnus Ryan, Bent Sæther
    producer:
    Bent Sæther
    recording of:
    Hell, part 1-3
    writer:
    Kenneth Kapstad, Hans Magnus Ryan, Bent Sæther
    9:47
    2 August
    performer:
    Reine Fiske, Kenneth Kapstad, Hans Magnus Ryan, Bent Sæther
    producer:
    Bent Sæther
    cover recording of:
    August
    composer:
    Arthur Lee
    lyricist:
    Arthur Lee
    4:52
    3 Barleycorn (Let It Come/Let It Be)
    performer:
    Reine Fiske, Thomas Henriksen, Kenneth Kapstad, Hans Magnus Ryan, Bent Sæther
    producer:
    Bent Sæther
    recording of:
    Barleycorn (Let It Come/Let It Be)
    composer:
    Bent Sæther
    lyricist:
    Bent Sæther
    7:18
    4 Ratcatcher
    performer:
    Reine Fiske, Kenneth Kapstad, Hans Magnus Ryan, Bent Sæther
    producer:
    Bent Sæther
    recording of:
    Ratcatcher
    writer:
    Kenneth Kapstad, Hans Magnus Ryan, Bent Sæther
    17:10
    5 The Afterglow
    performer:
    Reine Fiske, Kenneth Kapstad, Hans Magnus Ryan, Bent Sæther
    producer:
    Bent Sæther
    recording of:
    The Afterglow
    writer:
    Hans Magnus Ryan, Bent Sæther

    Posted 5 years ago #
  5. supernaut
    Member

    producer:
    Bent Sæther

    interesting. a new era?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  6. Phoots Flower
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  7. norman
    Member

    for the next listening session: http://drinkify.org/motorpsycho%2B

    Posted 5 years ago #
  8. ThorEgil
    Member

    New interview before the release, very serious as always adressa.no

    Posted 5 years ago #
  9. Elvin
    Member

  10. Be
    Member

    plattentests.de also has a (german) review - I am afraid that this will be the next MP record, I don't like.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  11. Krist Rampage
    Member

    What makes you think that Be? I think thee output is quite consistent, with no weak albums the last years. Nothing to worry about, looking forward to this! Glad i pre-ordered.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  12. GBD
    Member

    I think it's gonna be great! Already liking August alot after listening to that podcast a number of times

    Posted 5 years ago #
  13. otherdemon
    Member

    The most interesting part of the Adressa article is this one:

    Etter sigende skulle dette bli Motorpsychos mest direkte plate på lenge.

    – Det trodde vi også. Vi gikk i studio med rundt 20 låtkandidater, de fleste av dem korte og konsise. Bare tre-fire av dem var på over fire minutter. Selvsagt har alle de låtene havna på plata, ler Bent.
    (.....)
    – Det er umulig å si at de låtene som er kommet med er kvalitativt bedre, men det var de som føltes mest ferdig. Vi fant en fin dramaturgi i dem, supplerer Bent.

    Translated:

    Apparently, this was going to be MP's most direct album in a long time.
    - We thought so, too. We had approx. 20 song candidates that we brought into the studio. Only 3-4 of them were over 4 mins long. Obviously, all of them made the album, Bent laughs.

    - It's impossible to say if the songs that made the album are better quality-wise. But those were the ones that felt most finished. We found a nice dramaturgy in them, Bent adds.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  14. orso888
    Member

    For all the italians reading this forum: on the italian musical magazine "Il mucchio selvaggio" of this month there is a great interview with Bent and a great review of the new album!

    Image of the first page of the interview

    Posted 5 years ago #
  15. 2112
    Member

    really like the afterglow from the visions cd. promising.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  16. i am getting more and more excited now... just 4 days left

    Posted 5 years ago #
  17. otherdemon
    Member

    NRK article

    Posted 5 years ago #
  18. Phoots Flower
    Member

    really like the afterglow from the visions cd. promising.

    i too, great song!!!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  19. GBD
    Member

    One thing tho; Kinda strange that Bent & Co decided to go for the longest songs they had, of the 20+ songs they had for this session. One would think that after the 3-4 last albums, with almost only long songs, that they'd go for a short song release this time. I wonder if these songs will see the light of day on a different release..

    Posted 5 years ago #
  20. norman
    Member

    here is the plattentest.de review: http://plattentests.de/rezi.php?show=10186 / GERMAN

    Let's Zep

    Wohl dem, der Fans hat wie die heiligen Motorpsycho. Bereits Monate vor jeder neuen Veröffentlichung wird hier hektisch spekuliert, nach den ersten Songsnippets jede einzelne Note tapfer bestalkt und schließlich bei diversen Livegigs zwischen Vorgestern und Annodunnemal dingfest gemacht. Was aber auch einfach daran liegen könnte, dass die Gitarrentabulatur nun einmal begrenzt ist und Motorpsycho bekanntlich immer schon den prickelnden Drang verspürten, so viele Noten wie eigentlich unmöglich so schnell wie irgend möglich zu spielen. Und ja, Motorpsycho bedienen sich auch für "Still life with eggplant" bei manch Altbewährtem. Es fehlt allerdings erneut die Live-Zuckerbombe "Whiskey & rock'n'roll", eine Tatsache, die ohne den leisesten Anflug bösen Willens erleichtert aufatmen lässt - diesen Southern-Rock-Stampfer wüssten nämlich wirklich nur die Hartgepökeltsten unter den Hardcorefans auf Konserve zu goutieren. Das Fehlen ebendiesen Stücks spricht nun auch allgemein für die Gangart, die Motorpsycho auf "Still life with eggplant" einlegen.

    Für die mittleren drei Lieder ergänzt um Psychedelic-Gitarrenlegende Reine Fiske, proggt, schmoggt und roggt dieses Fünfzehntwerk zwar erwartungsgemäß, allerdings keineswegs vollkommen ungezügelt vor sich hin. "Hell (part 1-3)" eröffnet den Reigen als schwerer Stoner-Grunge-Hybrid, zieht dann erst ins Let's-Zep-Tempo hinein, lässt Bent Sæthers Bass durch die Läufe pumpen und Hans Magnus Ryans Gitarre kreischen, züngeln, fiedeln. "Barleycorn (Let it come / Let it be)" setzt hingegen eindeutig auf Atmosphäre und Space-Rock, hält die Soli dabei harmoniedienlich und kickt die Gesangslinien ganz nach vorne. Und das abschließende "The afterglow" ist zwar sicherlich viel zu ausgearbeitet für echten Americana-Pop - präsentiert aber doch wunderbar unterkandidelten Psychedelic-Folk, der nur mittendrin ganz kurz Schwanzrock andeutet, um dann in J-Mascis-Fuzz hineinzuschunkeln. Auch sonst ist in fünf Liedern Motorpsycho mal wieder alles drin. Bis auf die Emo-Indierock-Geräuschwand. Aber hey: Für jemanden, der derart schnell spielt wie Motorpsycho, liegen die 1990er natürlich viel weiter als nur 13 Jahre zurück. Ganz im Gegensatz zu den 1970ern. Muss man nicht verstehen, kann man aber hören.

    Was "Still life with eggplant" darüber hinaus hervorragend gelingt, ist die nochmalige Exposition von Ryans und Sæthers Stimmen, die - sei es als Simon & Garfunkel, Robert Plant, John & Paul oder eben einfach Ryan und Sæther - stets ganz dicht in den Arrangements sitzen. Beim Love-Cover "August" sind sie der eigentliche Held, obwohl sich Ryan durch ein nicht minder heldenhaftes ultrakomprimiertes Fuzz-Box-Solo schreddert. Und auch den von manchem Schlichtrock-Veteranen sicherlich als Prügelstrafe empfundenen Psychedelic-Jazzrock-Gniedel von "Ratcatcher" halten sie trotz seiner 17 Minuten Spielzeit ebenso am Boden, wie sie ihn zusätzlich veredeln. Zudem ist Motorpsychos zwischenzeitlich bedenklich aufkommender Hang zu textlichem Schnullibulli seit einigen Jahren glücklicherweise wieder im Sinkflug begriffen. Zwar weiß nach wie vor niemand so wirklich, was man mit einer Zeile wie "Ratcatcher / Let me go / Set me free" anfangen soll - zumal sich die Zeilenenden in schöner Regelmäßigkeit zu unverständlichen Kopfstimmen-Soli hocharbeiten, die dann von Ryans Gitarre dankbar aufgenommen werden. Aber wer von Motorpsycho noch seelische Abgründe und / oder politisch-gesellschaftliche Statements erwartet, der braucht sich als Realitätscheck ohnehin nur alle Albumtitel seit dem Jahrtausendwechsel vor Augen zu führen.

    Macht aber alles nichts, denn Motorpsycho singen ja bekanntlich überhaupt nur noch deshalb, weil sie das eben auch herausragend gut können, es also eine Verschwendung wäre, es nicht zu tun. Stattdessen ziehen sie ihre Relevanz mehr und mehr aus einem musikalischen Freiheitsanspruch, der die Autarkie von "The death defying unicorn" jetzt eben mit Dickhosenrock kontert. Dass sie - erst recht seit der Vollverwertung von Kenneth Kapstads hydraarmigem Schlagzeugstil - viel zu gerne richtig tolle Musiker sind, implodierte in der Vergangenheit jedoch schon weitaus unangenehmer zu Spieltechnik-Happenings als auf "Still life with eggplant". Zwar bleiben sowohl ihre Ausarbeitung von Freiheit als auch ihre Konter seit geraumer Zeit zu Ende definiert. Doch das hindert Motorpsycho gewiss nicht daran, einfach immer wieder unaufgeregt aufgeregte Musik zu spielen.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  21. ThorEgil
    Member

    Another interview in dagsavisen.no where they tell that Reine is half Trønder and has been a Motorpsycho fan almost since the start, that they recorded 10 more songs that may be released later (I heard elsewhere that it may even happen this year), that the tour will focus on Blissard in addition to the new album, that the next box edition will be AADAP.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  22. that sounds promising, indeed. 10 more songs for another release. great news.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  23. supernaut
    Member

    wow, that plattentest.de review is terrible. some indiepolice idiot let loose.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  24. otherdemon
    Member

  25. just heared "barleycorn" on the radio. really good song. interesting sound, euphoric vocals.

    "hell" is very close to the düsseldorf version in the first part and has a very grand funk railroadish solo part in the middle. the quiet part that ends the song reminds me a bit of the 3rd part from the "whiskey and rock'nroll"-zappanale-version.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  26. odindahle
    Member

    Couple of the songs are on youtube, if you can´t wait any longer!

    "The Afterglow"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYWndIr6vIE

    "August"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJe1SM5IJO8

    Posted 5 years ago #
  27. fillmore
    Member

    Podcast feat. "Hell Pt.1-3"

    Posted 5 years ago #
  28. Krist Rampage
    Member

    The mail i got from Stickman said the package would be sent out on the nineth of april. It just struck me: it could be the lp will be delivered today! Or tomorrow. Right?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  29. ThorEgil
    Member


    Fab new poster

    Posted 5 years ago #
  30. CaptainAubrey
    Member

    That's the coolest poster in years and years.. Anybody know where I can get hold of it??

    Posted 5 years ago #

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