Motorpsycho and Stale Storløkken – The Death Defying Unicorn

January 01, 1970

(Rune
Grammofon)

 

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Normally
when a progressive rock group employs the use of an orchestra, it marks the
beginning of some kind of era of over-excessive bloat in their career
trajectory if you follow the creative timelines of such acts as Yes and
Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

 

But
Norway’s
Motorpsycho redefine the possibilities of what was once considered sonic
suicide by pushing the limits of their custom-built brand of Viking psych to
new planes of out-there on their latest work, The Death Defying Unicorn. Originally
commissioned by the Molde International Jazzfestival for its 50th anniversary
back in 2010 and performed by the group on the main stage, this epic conceptual opus revolving around the story of a captured thief who is given two choices to pay for his
crime: death by hanging or forced servitude on a ship leaving to explore
undiscovered territory has been rearranged and refined for acetate.

 

And
as a studio effort, Unicorn reaches its full mythical gallop with the
assistance of master keyboardist Stale Storløkken of such acclaimed
Nordic groups as Supersilent, Humcrush and Elephant9, violin great Ola
Kvernberg and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, whose members include Kjetil Møster
of Ultralyd and ECM trumpet great Mathias Eick. Together this massive ensemble
takes what King Crimson did with Larks’ Tongues in Aspic and thrusts it
full bore into the sand of Sun Ra’s private moon orbiting Saturn on a big brass
rocket ship across 85 minutes of pure highbrow head tripping.

 

Twenty years into an already
noteworthy creative path, Motorpsycho attain a whole new dimension of
composition with this “fanciful and fairly far-out musical fable.” Death
Defying
indeed.

 

DOWNLOAD: “The Hollow Lands”, “Doldrums”,
“Sharks”, “Into the Mystic” RON HART

 

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