Little Lucid Moments is a relentless effort from a band making heroic guitar music for...
Nick Reynolds 2008-06-06
Motorpsycho may be a new name around these parts, but the outfit have been operating out of Norway for nearly ten years. Impressively, the power trio sound more like a five-piece on this ambitious, epic slice of (very) alternative rock.
Suite: Little Lucid Moments powers in, mixing the sounds of Sonic Youth and Mercury Rev with a slight touch of Wishbone Ash. Abundant overdubbed guitar tracks and effects pedals make for a dramatic, layered effect. It's not really a suite, more like four songs stapled together over 20 minutes, with the repetition of common themes. A Hoof To The Head sounds like Bob Mould, before guitarist Hans Magnus Ryan whips up some bracing fretboard slaughter on Hallifuge, a pulsating space rock boogie. And there's a lovely final section oddly reminiscent of the Allman Brothers.
Not everything is perfect. Clunky and naive lyrics are a problem, particularly on Year Zero, a brooding ten-minute rock ballad. Not everyone will find Motorpsycho's vocals and sharp harmonies to their taste. And there are times when they definitely drag.
She Left On The Sun Ship provides the highlight of the album, predictably narrating the tale of a girl who nipped off in a vehicle more dynamic than your standard runabout. Motorpsycho express their frustration at her departure with some headbanging riffs and screams akin to a teenage tantrum. ''It’s cruel and unfair!'' they yell, while their guitars imitate jet engines and motor scooters. Thankfully, a fetching ambient section of guitar loop follows, allowing them to calm down again.
Little Lucid Moments is a relentless effort from a band making heroic guitar music for the young or dynamic. If you find yourself bracketed by either, give Motorpsycho a listen.