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  1. Halitosis
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    On first listen, I definitely like the new album.

    'Ratcatcher', though, I'm really unsure on. It's interesting that they cover an Arthur Lee song on the album, because while I was listening to 'Ratcatcher' and that guitar duet, all I could think of was this burn Lee made on Brian MacLean during the Forever Changes sessions (you can hear it on the Tracking Highlights version of 'Your Mind And We Belong Together' on the re-release):

    "I don't understand your trip, man.
    You stay in one range of the guitar throughout the whole thing, man.
    'Cos you know, you the one who says you can blow in the studio, man.
    Nobody to bug you.
    You gotta blow, man."

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. psychonaut
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    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaGkZPZXNAQ&feature=youtu.be]null

    Have fun

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. ThorEgil
    Member

    Yet another interview dagbladet.no

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. Be
    Member

    Hmm, I think my "relationship" with MP finally ended. This kind of music just means nothing to me any more. I mean, it's not as bad as the Unicorn (which would have been impossible anyway), but all the Kenneth era albums don't reach me in any way (set aside some songs). Maybe I'll go see a gig, just to hear the Blissard stuff, but I am not sure yet.

    Danced to "Like always" at a party last week. Still the perfect Indie-Pop-Rock-Song for me. I just miss the mix of short, catchy songs with brilliant melodies and the epicness of The Wheel and the like. Maybe it's just me turning 40 this week...

    To sum it up in the words of the german band Tocotronic: "Ich mag dich einfach nicht mehr so!"

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. pfnuesel
    Member

    Don't give up just yet! I was so disappointed by the unicorn tour, but so impressed with the last two shows, so there is still hope...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. marty
    Member

    Can some friendly mod please change the title of this thread to the correct spelling of Still Life With Eggplant?

    Thanks in advance.

    Now listening for the first time (finally received my album and cd, thanks postman), so it's a bit early to judge but I dig what I've heard so far. Indeed it sounds like a live-in-the-studio-thing, and I like this one far more than TDDU at first listen.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. GBD
    Member

    I love it! Plain and simple!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. GBD
    Member

    Indeed it sounds like a live-in-the-studio-thing

    Especially on Ratcatcher! What a beast!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. marc
    Member

    i like the more detailed compositions a lot (barleycorn, august,afterglow). there is a lot to discover. hell i think is a rather conventional grooverock blueprint, but i expect it will work pretty good live. ratcatcher however is absolutely horrible. it's a mess on record, and i am afraid it will be a mess live. it's harmonically boring and it is just too much sound piled up. anyway, two guitars live and the fantastic setlists are some great prospects!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. odindahle
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    Be: I dont get why this album made your decision to "end your relationship" to Motorpsycho. Listening to Barleycorn (Best song on the album) and Afterglow really takes me back to LTEC and Trust Us...

    I agree with marc on "Hell" being a blueprint. I feel it misses something.
    Ratcatcher I really havent started to like yet. But I believe its one of those songs that need a lot of time to grow on you. Like LLM, Gullibles Travails and TDDU as a whole.

    I also dont understand why some people dont like TDDU. Its a masterpiece as a whole, and it REALLY takes time to love, but when you get there, its magic!!

    For me, the Kenneth-era was the perfect way to go!
    My musical taste grew from BH/BC through Blissard, Demon Box and AADAP and through all the other albums.
    When I then started liking "weirder" music from other bands, Motorpsycho came with LLM, which was perfect at that time! Then Heavy Metal Fruit did the same thing, before TDDU took the whole thing to a new level!

    Sorry for a bit of off-topicness!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. deusvlc
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  12. kjellepelle
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    From Klassekampen April 15th. Review done by well known journalist and White Lord Jesus vocalist Arvid Schanke-Knutsen
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    Posted 6 years ago #
  13. ubikmaior
    Member

    Hi Guys, really really nice to know you, it's always amazing find so many motorpsycho supporters!
    Here an italian review of still life with eggplant
    http://www.mumbleduepunti.it/site/index.php/2013/04/motorpsycho-still-life-with-eggplant/
    Amazing work!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. monomind
    Member

    In my opinion, the new album is fantastic! It seems like the band has progressed while also taking a look into the rear view mirror. The results are stunning. The general lay out of the album is in keeping with the form that was established with LLM and HMF. The total playing time is relatively short, and one of the tunes has a considerable running time. Melodically, some of the songs, at least in parts, seem to reflect back on those poppy 2000s. At the same time, the progressive caracteristics of the later releases are further elaborated. The end result is an album that is well-balanced, challenging and engaging.

    I wonder...those poppy 2000s consisted of three reltively "commmercial" albums. LLM, HMF and SLWE seems like a trilogy of more progressive material. Will the next release be yet another change? The beginning of a new trilogy, if you like? After all, It's been mentioned that another 10 songs were recorded during the SLWE sessions.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. mikeplanes
    Member

    I've heard this trilogy theory before, and I think it has some substance but there are albums which don't fit with the sequence, such as SLWE (surely this recent "prog trilogy" would be LLM, HMF and TDDU)...but where do COTF and BH/BC fit in?

    Not to blow my own trumpet or anything but I wrote some words about the record for the shop I work for: http://www.normanrecords.com/records/139403-motorpsycho---still-life

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. Un.Chien.d.Espace
    Member

    ah, normanrecords, love the shop!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. mikeplanes
    Member

    Thanks! There's an unchiendespace on Twitter who I drew a picture for, is that you?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  18. supernaut
    Member

    The last section of mikeplanes' review pretty much sums it up for me. I like the album a lot but I'm not jawdropped amazed in the same sort as I was by LLM or TDDU but that's completely ok as it would be quite impossible. It's a different beast coming from a different place. This is the loose follow up to some serious work indeed. The singing does easily equal TDDU, though.

    I share some of Bes feelings about the emotional impact but I am not disppointed by any direction they're taking, because I prefer the adventure. I do miss the great catchy songs they're so brilliant in writing at like Starmelt, Smell, Evernine, Phaseout but they haven't gone lost since Geb left. There was Ozzylot, Hoofed, CotF and Hyena and many many more on BHBC. It's just a matter of time until songs like these reappear and let's not forget about the possible release of the Eggplant's outtakes. And if one craves for Like Always and Windborne, they still play those live. The greatness of this band is built on NOT writing Blissard parts II to XIII.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  19. monomind
    Member

    I've heard this trilogy theory before, and I think it has some substance but there are albums which don't fit with the sequence, such as SLWE (surely this recent "prog trilogy" would be LLM, HMF and TDDU)...but where do COTF and BH/BC fit in?

    Yeah, I dunno. I guess I just like the fact that the band is constantly evolving and that one should expect the unexpected from them. I always look forward to their next move. TDDU is not a "pure" MP album in my humble opinion, though. It's more of a stand alone, collaborative project. Kind of like Tussler, in that it features the band collaborating with others on something more "genre specific" (be it C&W, prog operas or motorsource assaults).

    Of course, there's abolutely nothing indicating that the band is thinking in terms of trilogies. After all, sticking to patterns and conventions is not their style as such. So it's just the MP-geek in me creating theories.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  20. My Pillow
    Member

    Finally the review from Krakelurium is here. In Norwegian only, alas.

    http://wp.me/p1n442-gx

    Posted 6 years ago #
  21. odindahle
    Member

    Im not sure if theres a trilogy. And BH/BC does´nt really fit in anywhere. It´s kind of a random mid-era hit-spitter of different ideas and abstinence from Bent and Snah i believe. I love it, because it was the record that made me look into Motorpsycho, and expand my musical taste!! But when I look at it now, it´s not nealy a "top 5" Mp album.

    If there´s a trilogy, it would be LLM, HMF and COTF, though COTF don´t really deserve to be on the same ship as the two others in my opinion.

    Motorpsycho does what no one expects. And after TDDU, everyone expected them to do something new and go "even weirder", and thats mabye why they really didnt! (?) Some of the songs are somehow "straight" compared to alot of the TDDU-songs. And its really nice to hear some songs that don´t take ages to know, and like, and still have the "bigger" songs that needs times and good earphones to really get into (Hell and Ratcathcer).

    Posted 6 years ago #
  22. Be
    Member

    @odindahle: I also think that Barleycorn ist the best song on this album, but it doesn't take me back to Trust Us AT ALL.

    I know this is somehow difficult, I also wouldn't want just 3 Blissards in a row (althought I would take another Timothy!), but I just don't like what they evolved into. There are so many bands with 1-2 great albums in their beginning and then they "evolve" and it's just pure crap. Fortunately MP has made far more good records than A LOT of other bands in their whole career and they might have played some of the best gigs in the history of rock, but I just can't relate to this prog stuff. For example the "taking apart" of Live Hogwash in the recent years (Can and all that) really ruins this song for me. I like it as a rocker!

    TDDU is really a record I would like to erase from their portfolio. I just can't listen to it and the concert I attended was maybe on of the fes concerts in my life, I left before it finished, because I was starting to fall asleep, being bored to death.

    As I said in my previous post. It's just a matter of taste and it's useless to complain anyway, but I just miss the feeling to leave a MP gig stunned for quite some time after...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  23. Hovmod
    Member

    I'm stuck on the other side of the planet (palm trees and beaches and all that) and have to listen to this in headphones and crap usb laptop speakers, but I have still had goose bumps and the occasional quivering lower lip from this.
    It's not a top three album, but it's certainly beyond simply *good*. I think my biggest issue with it is that it's not the greatest album ever released by anyone ever in the universe, which is a feeling I have with most MP albums, at least for a few weeks of "honeymoon".

    There are no songs on this that I imagine can become a bathroom break song when played live, and they all have potential to be the best song ever heard live ever anywhere in the universe. Maybe except Afterglow (which are words I would love to eat one day...) (Stoned glass, anyone?).

    I like Ratcatcher, btw. Does anyone here really feel cheated because it sounds a little bit like a song on a 10 year old BOOTLEG they've played to bits? Pfft.

    Best thing: Having friends who send me an mp3 version so I don't have to wait for weeks and weeks before hearing it (I am of course buying the LP).
    Worst thing: I'm listening to SLWE.mp3 on this:

    Posted 6 years ago #
  24. Un.Chien.d.Espace
    Member

    @mikeplanes:

    yes, that's me!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  25. Tomcat
    Member

    @Mikeplanes: since you're working for Normanrecords - do you think there's a chance to get hold of a copy of Stephen Malkmus' CAN cover LP (Ege Bamyasi) through your shop? Record Store Day, pleasure and pain...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  26. Un.Chien.d.Espace
    Member

    or two?
    didn't got any of the rsd13 records today that i wanted...instead i got one copy of the most limited rsd-release...fair enough

    Posted 6 years ago #
  27. odindahle
    Member

    @Be: I understand you. My favorite concert so far in my life was Motorpsycho @ the opera. But I dont think I would like the tour style, without the strings etc. And I understand that you dont like the prog stuff. My 2nd place gig is Motorpsycho @byscenen in Trondheim before TDDU. It was extraordinary. So personally I feel that TDDU is more like a side-project, because I personally don´t see many of the songs as good live-songs without the extra crew.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  28. odindahle
    Member

    @Be: Also; musical taste is one of the most subjective things in the universe

    Posted 6 years ago #
  29. Be
    Member

    "Also; musical taste is one of the most subjective things in the universe"

    That's, why I pointed that out. I somehow don't understand how someone can "love" TDDU, but I don't have to and just because I don't like the recent albums doesn't mean anything.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  30. after listening to the album several times, it grows bigger and bigger to me. the perfect start for springtime. very charming. they leave overwhelmed one more time. looking forward the upcoming shows very much.

    Posted 6 years ago #

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