In the words of Saxon, the beast has been unleashed. Many are already calling it Motorpsycho’s most ambitious work to date, which usually means they’ve had a ton of people hammering away at it, and an epic result. And as we predicted since our review of, “Child of the Future” back in 2009, they’ve been snow plowing their way through releases. Hail to the Gods of the North!
From the label: “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. 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 commissioned 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 also 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.
2CD edition with 12 page booklet. Also available as a 2LP edition, 180g vinyl, 350g extra thick cardboard gatefold sleeve with nice reverse board print.”
Europeans, you can order it directly from the label’s site, or various places. I believe in Oslo, Big Dipper records just had an all-nighter release listen for it. Americans, it’s yet arrived on your shores, but when it is, will be available through Forced Exposure.