Motorpsycho — The All Is One (2CD) (28 Aug., 2020) Location: Trøndertun, Melhus ~ Trondheim, Norway
Genre: Psychedelic | Alternative Rock
Recorded: between September~November of 2019 in France and Norway
Album release: 28 Aug., 2020
Record Label: Stickman Records
Duration: 43:40+41:14 = 84:54
01. The All Is One 8:50
02. The Same Old Rock (One Must Imagine Sisyphus Happy) 5:18
03. The Magpie 5:36
04. Delusion (The Reign Of Humbug) 2:44
05. Nox I Circles Around The Sun Pt1 9:11
06. Nox Ii Ouroboros 8:23
07. Nox Iii Ascension (Strange Loop) 3:38
08. Nox Iv Night Of Pan 15:33
09. Nox V Circles Around The Sun Pt2 5:55
10. A Little Light 2:19
11. Dreams Of Fancy 9:37
12. The Dowser 2:46
13. Like Chrome 5:04
Ξ Hans Magnus Ryan (guitars, vocals),
Ξ Bent Sæther (bass, vocals, sundry) and
Ξ Tomas Järmyr (drums),
•ƒ• with co~producers Andrew Scheps and Deathprod.
•ƒ• Newest Motorpsycho album, The All is One, will be the completion of a trilogy for the influential Norwegian progressive heavy rockers that began with 2017’s The Tower (review: https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2017/08/28/motorpsycho-the-tower-review-premiere/) and continued on last year’s The Crucible (review: https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2019/07/02/summer-2019-qr-2/). True to form, it is a double~album, and among the assets the band teases it to include is a 42~minute five~part track that was written for ballet. Because obviously. If the question is, “Who’s going there?,” there’s a decent chance the answer is Motorpsycho.
•ƒ• Of course, the 2LP was slated to come out this Spring through Stickman Records, but, well, a lot of shit was supposed to happen this Spring that didn’t. If you’re reading this, congratulations on surviving, and I know that sounds sarcastic, but I actually mean it. Because a lot of people didn’t.
•ƒ• Today we’re happy to announce the first details about Motorpsycho’s new album The All Is One!
The All Is One is the final chapter in the loosely~connected and informally titled “Gullvåg Trilogy” kicked off by 2017’s The Tower and connected by 2019’s The Crucible. Recorded between September~November of 2019 in France and Norway, the album was originally planned for a release in spring but was inevitably postponed due to — what else — Covid 19. However, the moment is ripe for new music and the band has used their extra time to give attention to every detail, resulting in a spectacular double album that is dense and Motorpsychodelic in the best possible way.
The All Is One is the final chapter in the loosely~connected and informally titled “Gullvåg Trilogy” kicked off by 2017’s The Tower and connected by 2019’s The Crucible. Recorded between September~November of 2019 in France and Norway, the album was originally planned for a release in spring but was inevitably postponed due to — what else — Covid 19. However, the moment is ripe for new music and the band has used their extra time to give attention to every detail, resulting in a spectacular double album that is dense and Motorpsychodelic in the best possible way. We’ve been digging into this album the past few weeks at HQ and really excited to share more with you soon!
Release date has been set for August 28th, 2020.Says the band:
THE ALL IS ONE
•ƒ• Summer is coming on strong and whatever bit of the world that still went to work ….will soon not.
No rest for the wicked though, and both we, our team and our record company friends are busy preparing the next Motorpsycho album for release! This album is called The All Is One, and will be released on 2xLP, 2xCD as well as digitally through both Stickman Records and Rune Grammofon on August 28, 2020.
•ƒ• The cover art is once again by Håkon Gullvåg, and this time around is art painted esp for us! It is a long album that features music from two sessions we did last year. The first session included our favourite Stockholmian Norwegian Reine Fiske, and took place in Black Box Studio in France in September. The second, featured two of our favourite Norwegian musicians, Ola Kvernberg and Lars Horntveth, and was a brief three day affair at Ocean Sound Studio on the Norwegian west coast in November.
•ƒ• At the center of this album is a long 5 part piece featuring some of the most radical stuff we’ve done on record in a while, but if the prospect of a 42 minute piece for ballet inspired by paintings, alchemy and the tarot seems too daunting, there is also a handful of loosely related shorter songs to get into. For us this is obviously just different views and tangents of the one thing, but you will all make of it what you will, and hopefully it will all make some sort of sense to you however deep you choose to go.
•ƒ• We guess the details — cover, song titles and whatnot — will be made public as summer moves along, so watch the various relevant spaces for relevant info and hang loose — it’ll be worth the wait, we promise! Bob leBad esq.
By David West, September 28, 2020