Release Date: Feb 19, 2016
Record label: Rune Grammofon
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Neo-Prog
In 2014, Motorpsycho accepted a commission from the Teknisk Museum to play its 100th anniversary. That concert offered the musical basis for what would eventually become Here Be Monsters. Though the material was composed and rehearsed for the show, it was performed only once -- with occasional member, keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, Elephant9) as part of the lineup.
If you read my rather swooning review of Supersonic Scientists: A Young Person's Guide to Motorpsycho, it will come as no surprise that the release of Here Be Monsters, the Norwegian band's new full-length, caused me more than a little flutter of of excitement. And well it might. With a Motorpsycho album, you never quite know what you're going to get, but there's always the certainty that their records will be an experience.
Review Summary: The Motorpsycho explorer unit reaches the late '60s...After almost three decades of multiple style changes and constant experimentation that brought to life roughly two dozen albums, each different from the other, Motorpsycho received the right recognition in their home country, Norway. They have become a museum exhibit, under the title Supersonic Scientists. In order to capitalize this milestone, the band have also released an eponymous anthology which features favorite cuts from their vast discography along with a book that will soon be available in English too.
An immersive, blissed out, Floyd-like trip. For the past 25 years, Motorpsycho have been making epic and occasionally challenging music that leapfrogs easy categorisation but can and does include nods to Pink Floyd, jazz guitar, folk and heavy metal, sometimes all in the same song. And if that sounds like a mess then it’s anything but. .