Release Date: Mar 18, 2014
Record label: Rune Grammofon
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Hard Rock, Garage Rock Revival
Review Summary: An early contender for the best heavy psychedelic album of the year.It seems that with each decade start Motorpsycho successfully reinvent themselves and churn out new career highlights. Their continuous, chameleonic approach to any genre from metal to pop, country and jazz has been immensely rewarding for almost 30 years now. While the '90s brought us the expansive Blissard and Timothy's Monster, the early '00s produced the exquisite jazz/pop-derived Phanerothyme and Let Them Eat Cake.
In 2013, Norway's ever mercurial Motorpsycho released Still Life with Eggplant, with second guitarist Reine Fisk added to the fold. It was a collection of "other songs," those written for previous albums but not recorded. Those five cuts, despite their random sources, did have another connecting thread: they reflected some of the band's earliest explorations into hard rock and neo-psychedelia as displayed on records like Demon Box and Timothy's Monster.
Despite bearing the type of name you'd expect a half-arsed garage band to adopt (from a Russ Meyer film, if you were wondering), Motorpsycho have become (over a period of 25 years) Norway's most successful, and certainly most prolific, alt rock band. Starting off with a post-grunge, pre-Radiohead sound, they've gradually embraced their inner Floyd and evolved over time into a stoner/psych/prog amalgam who've produced some of the best out-rock of recent years. In fact, it's hard to think of many other bands of their vintage who are still making new music of this quality, particularly given that they continue to release albums at a rate of one every 18 months or so.