Wim S. : Hooray! Here is a new Motorpsycho album! And no, I do not mean that cynically or anything else: I am really happy when I hear new material from this incredible band. The Norwegian trio has a special place in my heart and the same goes for many other people. Their music has enriched the musical landscape for years. Sometimes emphatic references are made to music from the 60s and 70s, but modern influences are added just as easily. And everything in between. You guessed it: I want to avoid the word eclectic, but when dealing with the music of Motorpsycho, there is no escape.
That also applies to the music on this new release, The Crucible. My god, it is just unbelievable how many references and genres are passing by. There are only three songs on this album, which means about 40 minutes of music. And 40 minutes of Motorpsycho is actually more than enough: after listening to these three songs you are simply exhausted as a listener. Indeed, a lot is asked of you when listening to the music of Motorpsycho. The trio still consists of the same three musicians playing on the predecessor The Tower, that is to say the two primal members Saether (vocals / bass) and Ryan (guitar) along with drummer Thomas JÃ¤myr. The album opens with the mighty riff of Psychotzar. What an overwhelming riff! Then we hear accessible, melodic vocal lines from Saether, another old-fashioned organ is presented as well and Ryan goes out of his mind in the solo. The song is stuffed with musical references from all kinds of great bands. But precisely because it is such a mixture of sources of inspiration, it is very original. From The Beach Boys to Queen Of The Stone Age and from Fairport Convention to Black Sabbath. And everything that is in between. It is just amazingly good. Lux Aeterna starts as a 60s folk song, but after a complex bridge it starts to lift around the 5th minute. Total craziness. After a few minutes, the peace returns and you can dream away with heavenly melodies by Ryan in particular. Well, and then it is time for The Crucible, the title track. Sit down quietly, put your seatbelt on and let it come over you. What a track. Such songs are exclusively Motorpsycho! What an ingenious songwriter Bent Saether is. It is so incredibly clever; the structure and build-up is brilliant. The vocals, the varying tempos and schemes: this is Motorpsycho at its best. Of course, this will also be one big party when played live. Listen and shiver. Am I not critical about anything at all? Well, maybe a little bit: I like the contribution of Thomas Jamyr but he is not as prominent as his illustrious predecessors.