A special release of Norwegian proggers Motorpsycho and Ståle together with Kammerkoret Aurum and Sheriffs Of Nothingness performing the commissioned work En Konsert For Folk Flest in the Nidarosdomen cathedral of Trondheim. Featuring a 24-piece choir this is a mighty piece captured and released here in this deluxe set. Out on Deluxe gatefold 180g vinyl 2LP + DVD + CD on Rune Grammofon.
6/10 Robin Staff review, 22 April 2015
Motorpsycho performed this overwhelmingly versatile piece of music in collaboration with Ståle, the bands joining together to create an epic sonic pantomime that unfolds the meanings and semantics of the word “folk”; it connotes differently in Norwegian, but part of the mission for ‘En Konsert For Folk Flest’ was to consider how, implementing live musique concrete, traditional folk music, organ, and Motorpsycho’s signature psych-tinged alt rawk.
It’s a bit of a mess, I’ll give you that -- the record opens with a spoken word introduction before sprawling into a mix of ambient-leaning organ and devotional choir. The band then turn to the organ as a crux, introducing it as an almost vampiristic element to their usual riffs ‘n’ drums, which are a placeholder for a choir of vocalists singing in brushes of baritone. From there the record takes some beautiful turns, grooving into a theatrical slow waltz with solemn bass and storytelling in Norwegian. But the record’s twists and turns are so abrupt and ridiculous you may as well be listening to ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’, or one of Laurie’s mind-numbing stories about hotboxing the stock room. As if highlighting the difficulty coded into the word “folk”, there’s little to no delicacy in the scene changes on this record.
The organ is the focus of this record, though many pastiches of folk draw their way in, on accordion or through traditional vocal. The brief attempts at Motorpsycho blending their contemporary sound into this past is jarring, but maybe that’s the point: to reunite two sounds in conflict.
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