Norway - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 10 - 08/18/97
The title track on this vinyl 10" release from the Norwegian fuzz-psych outfit
Motorpsycho is culled from their latest full-time release,
Angels And Daemons At Play.
In addition we get four previously unreleased tracks.
Up Our Sleeves is a riff-based, 70's inspired hard rock
tune with more than a nod to Led Zeppelin. Dirty guitars are accompanied
by a screaming vocal, sounding much like a distorted Robert Plant. If you
clean up this song, you're left with pretty derivative stuff (this is
probably a Steve Marriott cover, so there you go.. - editor's note). But left
as it is, it's at least kickin'!
Wishing Well is recorded on a four-track and driven by acoustic
guitars and monotone stick percussion. The melody reminds me of several other
Motorpsycho songs, and the banjo solo makes me think of their "country"-album,
The Tussler. Low-key and a little boring.
Flick Of The Wrist is the longest track on this EP, and feature another
example of Motorpsycho's brave attempts to give new life to more progressive
instrumental constructions. By dragging twin-guitars and
bass-lines through a murky swamp, they resurface sounding a little cooler
than their 70's counterparts, but for how long? The long guitar solo
(Neil Young style) comes as no surprise. Feels like going nowhere.
Instamatic is the last (and shortest) track, and another four-track
recording. It is probably recorded late-late or early-early, because it
sounds like a stoned lazy Django Reinhardt accompanied by a sleeping
Tom Waits. A nice acoustic instrumental. My favorite track.
All in all, this release can only be recommended to the serious Motorpsychopathic
completists out there (it's also released as a CD single on Columbia). The rest of us should
pass this one by.
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