Our album of the week (5th April 2012)
On this epic, double concept album, easily their most ambitious yet, Motorpsycho has assembled the cream of classical and jazz musicians from world class ensembles established in Trondheim, their hometown. ”The Death Defying Unicorn” was first commisioned by Molde International Jazzfestival for their 50th anniversary in 2010 where it was performed on the main outdoor stage. This, however, has been partly re-arranged, refined and recorded from scratch at Propeller Studios in Oslo with Kåre Chr. Vestrheim once again co-producing as he did with ”Heavy Metal Fruit”. Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, Elephant9, Humcrush, Terje Rypdal) is considered one of Norway´s top keyboardists but here he comes into his full as a writer and not at least arranger of the two ensembles. His contributions to this album can not be stressed enough. Among the players in Trondheim Jazz Orchestra are wellknown names such as Kjetil Møster (Ultralyd), André Roligheten (Albatrosh) and Mathias Eick, not to forget star violinist Ola Kvernberg. Most bands will reach a creative peak at a certain point in their career after which they simply continue in a less interesting fashion before eventually calling it a day. Not so with Motorpsycho. After more than 20 years they continue to develop and to to challenge themselves artistically. Motorpsycho was founded in Trondheim by mainstays Bent Sæther and Hans Magnus Ryan. Drummer Håkon Gebhard joined them after their first album and stayed until 2005. Kenneth Kapstad took over the stool for ”Litte Lucid Moments” in 2008. Kim Hiorthøy is as always responsible for the artwork, this time joined by artist Thore Hansen for the fantastic inside illustration. For best impact we recommend the vinyl edition.
01/Out Of The Woods 03/The Hollow Lands 04/Through The Veil 05/Doldrums 06/Into The Gyre 07/Flotsam 08/Oh Proteus – A Prayer 09/Sculls In Limbo 10/La Lethe 11/Oh Proteus – A Lament 12/Sharks 13/Mutiny! 14/ Into The Mystic
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